Löwin: “Heave Ho”

The Couch roared out of San Marcos a few years ago with a blues-rock sound that was born, yes, on a couch in the band’s college days. Over the course of two well-received LPs, the Couch slowly morphed, playing up its melodic side while keeping the guitars firmly cranked. The push-and-pull was largely a result of having two dynamic singers and songwriters in Sara Houser and Taylor Wilkins. But the two quickly realized they had too many songs on the back burner, so they decided to go their separate ways. The Couch turned into Otis The Destroyer, while Houser recruited some friends for Löwin.

The name is German for “lioness,” but Houser sticks to a Texan pronunciation of “Low-in.” The band’s debut single, “Heave Ho,” is hot off the presses, just in time for Löwin’s own live debut on Sunday, April 6. They’ll open up for Otis The Detroyer, which kicks off an April residency at Empire Control Room. Löwin still shares musical DNA with Houser’s former outfit, and the hard-charging “Heave Ho” is the perfect example. It will have to tide you over until Löwin drops its debut EP this summer.

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