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Classic Album Review: The Lowest of the Low | Nothing Short of a Bullet

The Canadian indie stalwarts are at the top of their game on this rousing live set.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


For the past few years, singer-guitarist Ron Hawkins and his band Lowest of the Low have had an on-again, off-again reunion happening. On their live release Nothing Short of a Bullet, they’re definitely bang-on.

Recorded during the band’s reunion tour back in late 2000, this 17-song set captures these Canadian indie stalwarts at the top of their game, charging through a lengthy roster of rousing tracks from their two mid-’90s studio albums for a crowd that remembers all the words. Driven by biting, ringing guitars, spurred by charged rhythms and topped by Hawkins’ rusty, Elvis Costello-esque delivery — alternating with the nasal yelp of the band’s other vocalist Stephen Stanley — this set should be No. 1 with a bullet on indie radio from coast to coast. As a bonus, the disc comes with an EP featuring two poppishly crunchy new cuts and a cover of Bad Religion’s Kerosene.