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 What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? In the case of Red Moses and Sami Knowles, who met by engaging in a fight over the preferred lighting at a party they were both attending, they merged. They collaborated behind closed doors for three years before finally creating a channel for the energy they were generating, and in 2009 they formed Callow.

The duo, which features Moses on vocals/guitar and Knowles on drums/keys/vocals, have released two LP’s since their formation and toured the country extensively, at one point even committing to bohemian ideals and trading their Bay Area rental for an extended period of life in a van, travelling and playing music around North America. Having now settled back into a routine in the East Bay, Callow are preparing to release their third LP, Mothdust.

Largely inspired by the imbalance of wealth in society and the struggles of said routine, the album is paradoxical in its sentiment and takes cues from its namesake. A creature of the night that’s drawn to the light—the dust from a moth wing is little more than an unwelcome stain on the wall to most, yet important to the insect’s survival for a magnitude of reasons. Mothdust is perfectly imperfect and intentionally so, and through its creation, Callow have harnessed their anger and turned it into a visceral representation of those contradictions between the self and society.


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Callow Announces Single, “Go Down”

The new single from folk-noir duo Callow races like a steady heartbeat diving deeper into the tissues of an emotional state. “Go Down” marches to a drum beat, crunchy guitar, and howling vocals blowing through the dusty atmosphere.

Social Stance Saturday: All For One and... None For All (by Red Moses of Callow)

Inspired by real life events, San Francisco duo, Callow's upcoming album explores the frustrations faced by everyday people in society. People who are simply struggling to make ends meet, and make up a large percentage of society, are being squashed under the feet of the wealthy, who make up a much smaller percentage of society. Read Red Moses's Social Stance about the prblematic wage gap. 

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“The self-titled EP from Callow is four tracks of slow, white-knuckle intense, rock balladeering commanded by a one of the most ennervating rock vocals I’ve heard since Shoney Lamar.” [5/11/2011]

Mike Gutierrez - QRO Magazine

On "Philosophy": "In just over 100 seconds of perfectly judged vocal harmonies and gently subdued instrumentation, [Callow] have managed to create a sweetly sombre classic of pensive restraint and yearning melancholy that leaves palpable echoes hanging in the air long after the song has finished." [10/24/2013]

The Mad Mackerel

"Merging through a mutual love of music, Moses and Knowles power these eight tracks with a chemistry that is undeniably present. Knowles feeds off Moses’ chops with subtle and still, evocative pairings that are the seamless contrast to Moses’ bittersweet tendencies." [11/25/2013]

Bryan Sanchez - Delusions of Adequacy

" It's the rare song that can make the folkies and noise rock fans satisfied." [8/23/18]

If It's Too Loud...

"Blue Spells shows off Callow’s piano-heavy art-rock style. It sounds like Nick Cave and the Badseeds being front by Dave Thomas of Pere Ubu if he had a little more of a Southern twang." [11/12/2013]

Adam Morgan - Surviving the Golden Age
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Callow Plays CMJ Showcase at PaperBox on Saturday, 10/19

Callow’s show is mesmerizing, hypnotic, and transcendental. Suspended in primal energy there’s a palpable tension and suspense that transcends the experience into more like a meditation than a rock show.

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