And how will the new album differ from their debut? Laughing jokingly, Red explained in all sincerity, “The album was about anger and working through that after having worked through depression. Each album will be a work in the progressive unfolding of emotion.” Musically speaking, Sami added, “The biggest differences will more drums & rhythms, blues influence, and more rock.” And adding from her webpage blog,” With this album we're embracing more elements of rock n roll. The sexiness, the thump. I think. Well, you can be the judge.”
Red continued, “The new album will have bass added to some tracks, but I haven’t decided if I’ll lay them down myself or have someone play. Live shows will be just the two of us, no additional musicians.” You can get a sneak preview of Callow performing one of the new songs, Blotter, captured on the latest video clip posted on their webpage, Red singing the repeated chorus “Keep breathing in”. Mindful advice when working through anger.
Having released Orb Weaver on NXNW Records, what was the Portland connection for them? Sami shared, “We’ve enjoyed the friends we’ve met and played with when visiting here” and the DIY approach of the label, and enthusiastically exclaiming, “Portland has great house shows!” Two of their first were at the Zombie House in SE Portland and the Bomb Shelter in North Portland, and where they met with Doug Martsch, guitarist for Built to Spill.
As Red and Sami prepare for their upcoming promotional tour, they will have rough mix previews of the new release available at the shows. So what does the uninitiated need to know about a Callow show? Despite the solemn minimalistic ambiance of their music, the two concurred they bring an intensity to their live performances that transforms the songs. You will be able to experience Callow in just a few weeks at Kathy O’Briens, April 5 and 6, or April 11 in Seattle at Skylark Café, and May 10 at Linaea’s Café in San Luis Obispo, CA. Check their website for additional shows to be added, and prepare to savor the experience.