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Posted May 1, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes
 
 

Low Cut Connie Examines Social Subcultures on Forthcoming Album

Low Cut Connie
Low Cut Connie

Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner grew up in New Jersey in the ’80s and absorbed plenty of classic rock ‘n’ roll in the process. “I saw Huey Lewis and the News back then,” he once told us. “I’m still a big fan. They put on a great show.”

He subsequently took piano lessons and then got the “the rock ‘n’ roll and country and blues and country bug.”

Now Weiner has announced that Low Cut Connie’s Private Lives, a self-produced double album that took three years to assemble, will arrive later this year via Contender Records/MidCitizen Records.

“I am fascinated by how people live, what they do to get by day-to-day, and what they choose to show the world,” says Weiner in a press release about the album. “The outward-facing world, that is our culture . . . but what I’m interested in is what we call subculture . . . private lives.”

Alternating between “raucous, full-tilt, rock and roll ecstasy” and “gritty, stripped-down vulnerability,” Private Lives aspires to be Low Cut Connie’s “most potent and wide-ranging work to date.” The infectious title track features raspy vocals and gritty guitars.

 Themes on the album speak particularly well to our current climate of social distancing.

“Where do people go to be with ‘their people,’ and how do they find them? How well do we see ourselves and our own isolation?” Weiner asks. “I’m obsessed with understanding people’s interior lives. In order to explore that idea, I had to create a flow that went in and out of these characters’ private spheres. There had to be a push and pull between their external and internal worlds. I knew if I was going to pull that off, I was going to have make a big album.”

Recently, Low Cut Connie released a somber video for “Look What They Did.”  The song explores the effect Donald Trump had on Atlantic City almost 40 years after Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.”

Low Cut Connie’s “Live From South Philly” livestreams, which Weiner does at 6 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday on Facebook and Instagram, have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times from fans around the world.


Jeff

 
Jeff started writing about rock ’n’ roll some 20 years ago when he stood in the pouring rain to hitch hike his way to see R.E.M. on their Life’s Rich Pageant tour. Since that time, he's written for various daily newspapers, alt-weeklies, magazines and websites. Feel free to comment on his posts or suggest music, film and art to him at jeff@whopperjaw.net.