“The only guidelines I got when I wrote the song were that it was based in 15th-century Scotland and that they [producers] wanted slightly modern-sounding music with nods to that period in time,” says Tim Lowman, whose one-man-band Low Volts recorded a song heard recently on the “Liege Lord” episode of the CW network’s TV show Reign. “I basically imagined what Low Volts would sound like 500 years ago and wrote it on instruments similar to that time in musical history — mandolins, hand drums, flute harmonies, and dark, mysterious vocal tracks. I had no idea what the scene would be before it aired. I had never even heard of the show before.”
Lowman says he was surprised by the action accompanying “Deep Within the Forest.” “The song was set to a scene in a Scottish brothel where, just as things are getting heated up, the door is busted open, someone gets brutally murdered by a wooden stake to the neck, and the entire place gets torched to the ground!”
Recorded in Lowman’s 103-year-old South Park house and mixed and mastered with Daniel Crawford (Blackout Party), “Deep Within the Forest” is already moving units on iTunes, on top of the pay Lowman received from Reign. “Let’s just say I can buy a hell of a lot of burritos for a while.” Low Volts has licensed music to Showtime’s Weeds, a Hollywood thriller called Monkey’s Paw, Stone Brewing Company promo videos, and Sector 9 skateboard videos.
“Reign is the first time I’ve written a song for a specific application...it’s completely different from anything under the Low Volts name, so I’m hoping people don’t think this is the actual direction LV is heading.”
So, where is the project heading? “I’m about 70 percent finished writing the new Low Volts album,” Lowman tells the Reader. “I’ll be recording in Nashville around October, if things stay on course. This one is venturing into some heavier, fuzzed-out blues-metal territory, and the songs are really fun to play live. A national tour is being planned for July as we speak.”
Has the TV exposure whetted his appetite for moving into movie soundtracks? “I would absolutely love to score a Tarantino-type movie one day. In fact, a lot of times when I’m in the studio, I say to myself, ‘What would Quentin think of this?’”