The Low Counts are a Rock-n-Roll guitar-drum duo and their original music is a hodge podge of the all of the sounds that influence them the most. The band came together unexpectedly, when Matt Walsh and Austin Hicks met on Craig's List in 2013 and they released their debut album in March 2014. Since then they've been wowing audiences with their live show, an EP to their credit via Grimtale Records and another full length album, 'Years Pass By', set for release on 12/11/2015.
The Low Counts effortlessly combinine early 40's and 50's Mississippi/Urban/Piedmont Blues, 50's Sun Records styled Rock/Rockabilly, 60's Garage Rock, 70's Stoner Rock, Psychedelia, old Country, Stax Soul, Hip-Hop or whatever else they can find to throw in the pot. As long as it comes out of the mash-up sounding original, real, fresh and rocks, it gets the stamp of approval. Do you sometimes wonder, "what happened to original bands with no gimmicks, who rocked as hard as possible and punched my jaw with their music"? Look no further.
The Low Counts defy being held to one genre, but if you must call their music something, call it Rock-N-Roll. One thing everyone who sees them agrees on, is that whatever comes out of this band is always no-nonsense, raw, energetic, primal and coming from many music avenues at once, weaving one unique sound.
"It's honest, raw and powerful!" - Bob Margolin
"...sounds like Black Sabbath meets T-Model Ford", I thought I was listening to four people!"
"John Hackney has booked The Low Counts for each of the past three years at the Beaufort Music Festival, held at the coast the third weekend in May.“I think that they are a band if the pieces fall into place, they could be huge,” he said. “People see ’em and they’re just blown away that they haven’t heard of them or seen them before. They’re just waiting for something that’s going to take them to that next level. They have that ‘it’ factor — something that just grabs a hold of you and takes you into their music.” - Relish
"Brian Z plays The Low Counts regularly on Epicuria Radio, his show on WQFS at Guilford College. He also helps produce the web video series Record Greensboro which features performances and interviews with bands.“When they sent their request to be part of our series, they sent us an email like, ‘Get ready for one of the most intense rock bands you’ve seen this side of Carolina,’” he said. “Me and my buddy were cautious but interested. But dude — they brought it. When they set up and they played, we both just kind of looked at each other and we were like, ‘Yeah, they were right.’" - Relish
"If you're the polite kind, you might refer to the music of High Point, N.C.'s Low Counts as stripped-down. If you have less-delicate sensibilities, you might call it "no bullshit." There is very little flab in the band's guitar-drums-that's-it sound, and even less wasted space. On their most recent album, 2015's Years Pass By, singer/guitarist Matt Walsh and drummer Austin Hicks often fuse to form a rhythmic juggernaut, with Hicks' full-kit drumming following Walsh's rusty-nails riffs rather than simply keeping time. There's some occasional augmentation (a frenzied guitar solo, layered percussion, or a hilariously out-of-control theremin), but the main meat of the record is the band's two-instrument bluesy boogie."
- Charleston City Paper