Film, Video — January 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

‘Eternity Road: The Story of Lowlife’ to expose ‘greatest post-punk band you never heard’

The makers of the upcoming documentary “Eternity Road: The Story of Lowlife” — chronicling the cult Scottish band that formed in 1984 and released its final album a decade later — promise to expose “the greatest post-punk band you never heard” through rare footage and interviews with band members, family and fellow musicians.

Director David Bruggink, who is co-producing the film with original Lowlife guitarist Stuart Everest, tells Slicing Up Eyeballs he hopes to begin production this summer with an eye toward a 2014 release. He expects to create a longer, 90-minute version to be screened at film festivals and released on DVD, plus a shorter version that the producers will shop to television.

Bruggink said he’s not yet sure whether he and Everest — who left the band after its second album — will finance the project through private funding or use the ever-popular Kickstarter to solicit donations from boosters. For now, Lowlife fans can track the project via the documentary’s Facebook page, and check out the short teaser trailer that’s posted above.

Between 1985 and 1995, Lowlife — which featured original Cocteau Twins bassist Will Heggie and was managed by Brian Guthrie, brother of the Cocteaus’ Robin Guthrie — released five albums and a number of EPs before disbanding around 1997.

The band’s story ultimately has a tragic ending, though, as lead singer Craig Lorentson, whose deep baritone helped give Lowlife its signature sound, died in 2010 at the age of 44 after suffering from liver and kidney problems.




  1. Lowlife – I’ve never heard of them.

  2. Lowlife indeed may be the best post punk pank you’ve never heard. If you’ve got a lot of Clan of Xymox or Joy Division in your library, definitely check them out. Their catalog’s been reissued through LTM, and they sound great.

  3. I’ve heard of them, because as soon as I learned Will Heggie (whose bass made the 1st Cocteau Twins LP, “Garlands,” so magnificent) was their bassist, I spent years scouring record bins in search of their stuff. Never did find it until the above-mentioned reissues happened. I picked up a couple discs and, well, by then I was pushing 40 and it just didn’t click with me. The music was OK but the vocals just kinda made me chuckle. If I’d found their stuff when I first got curious, in the late ’80s, I probably would’ve loved it, but now, well, I’ve moved on.

  4. I’m actually quite fond of the band, being of a certain age who wasn’t aware of them during their period of activity.

    If you’re a fan of Sad Lovers And Giants, Chameleons, For Against, etc you will love this band.

    Pick up Eternity Road: The Best Of Lowlife if you want a primer. Available on LTM Records.

  5. Pretty interesting sound.

  6. ricky caine

    Yes i have anyone with decent knowledge of alternative music will know who lowlife are,along with the chameleons,sound,early wild swans and possibly comsat angels realise how underated they were.i love em.

  7. Tempest Two

    Brilliant band, Diminuendo Permanent Sleep and San Antorium are moody atmospheric masterpiece albums RIP Craig

  8. great band , has a melancholy and depression in their unmatched songs.It reminds me of the insignificance that is human life before the existence of time

  9. The best band of U.K. Coldness for eternity

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