Impetus moves Lower up to a higher level

MOVING ON: Cooper Lower’s debut album Impetus is being launched with two shows – one for all-ages and an 18+ gig – at The Loft in Warrnambool this weekend. Picture: Rob GunstoneON TUESDAY, Warrnambool singer-songwriter Cooper Lower finished his final exam.

With school out of the way, the 18-year-old is dedicating his attention to being a full-time musician, starting with promoting his new album Impetus, which will be launched with two gigs this weekend at The Loft in Warrnambool.

What’s impressive about Lower’s career to date is the amount he’s already crammed into his career. Impetus follows last year’s debut EP Just A Thought, and this weekend’s launches are the latest in a seemingly endless stream of gigs he’s played since he emerged about three years ago.

Among the three years of honing his sound have been a number of awards too. On top of taking out local talent contests, Lower has also walked away with a few Kool Skools awards, including the JB Hi Fi Prize in 2015.

“I got two free days of recording (at Studio 52) from that, so it meant I could afford another four days to nut the album out,” Lower said.

Working long days with producer Trevor Carter (Delta Goodrem, Geoff Achison, Blue Heat) and his backing band of Warrnambool mates (Jayden Galbraith, Liam Russell and Tav Watson), Impetus took Lower to the next level.

“It’s quite a privilege to work with Trevor Carter,” Lower said.

“He’s quick and (his recordings are) awesome quality. I knew I wanted the production to be fuller.(Impetus) was learning curve after learning curve.I like to think of it as a snapshot in time of where I was at that particular moment.”

Lower said he wanted the lyrics to be more universal and fit in with the accessible acoustic pop sound of the record, as evidenced by the epic ballad Stars, which is the first single off the album.

But Lower is already looking to evolve and find the next thing. He has a band he’ll be launching soon called The Lucky Household (which comprises himself, Galbraith, Russell and Watson), which has helped ignite a newfound passion for live performance.

“I think once I escaped that creative process (of Impetus) I delved into watching and listening to a lot of live music,” he said, adding he wanted to hone his live show, which he’ll getplenty of opportunities to do when he tours the east coast in March and Europe in June.

Before that he’ll be performing at The Loft in Warrnambool on Saturday night with support from The Peeks, Righteous Desmond, and Runk, and at an all-agesSunday afternoon show with The Peeks, Righteous Desmond, and Brady James.

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