Armed with a repertoire of covers of relatively obscure rock songs mostly from the '60s and '70s, the Low Czars have played a handful of shows around Madison since their debut at a High Noon Saloon happy hour at the beginning of January. Their musical well includes songs written by the Beatles, Big Star, Elvis Costello, Bobby Fuller, Guided by Voices, Joe Jackson, Kinks, Nick Lowe, the Monkees, The Move, Elvis Presley, the Ramones, Rolling Stones, Swamp Dogg, Wilco and The Who.
One of the Low Czars regular covers is "September Gurls" by Big Star, which they performed at their last gig on Friday, March 5 at the High Noon. A live concert video of their performance follows below.
Two other Low Czars video clips are available; one features their cover of Big Star's "Don't Lie to Me" (here), while another, shot by Kiki Schueler, captures their version of "Maneater" by Hall & Oates (here). The band played both of these songs at their show at the beginning of the month -- some photos are available here -- which Schueler described as "another terrifically entertaining set from a group of very talented musicians." She also reviewed their opening bow in early January, a show in which another attendee noted two Kinks covers as particularly memorable highlights.
The Low Czars do not currently have any scheduled performances, but three-fifths of the group (including Isthmus contributor Bob Koch) will be playing at Mickey's Tavern on Thursday, March 29. The group only has one demand: "Please come out and drink to our sounds and shout requests."