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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, “Always About the Ones Who Have it All”

The new single from folk-noir duo Callow is a visceral howl crying out from a society left to rot. “Always About the Ones Who Have it All” pulls back a tattered curtain on the political and socio-economic state of the country, and counterbalances its dark shadow. 

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"Even with a mood set by sparse melodies and rhythms, Red’s vocals breathe a consoling comfort of disguised warmth leaving the listener moved and comforted." [3/02/2013]

Pat Herrera -

"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

TVD Premiere: Callow, “Strange” and chats about vinyl

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"The bleakness at the edges of 'Strange'...will linger long after the track fades away. So too will the honesty of this guitar-and-drums journey into the dark." [11/05/2013]

KDHX - Song of the Day

“Callow = Band of Horses + Roky Erickson + Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Callow take an alternative historical sonic route of what punk rock would have been had it evolved from The Velvet Underground’s airy slowness rather than their minimalism.” [9/06/2012]


Alexander Ortega - SLUG Magazine
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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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