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Slothrust

Everyone Else

    Slothrust is Leah Wellbaum (guitar, vocals), Kyle Bann (bass), and Will Gorin (drums). Above all the overriding ethos of Everyone Else is its sense of inclusiveness: all people, every feeling, quiet, loud, any time signature. The band’s 2012 debut Feels Your Pain, and its successor 2014’s Of Course You Do, established the band as a breed apart, serving up deceptively clever epics that veer satisfyingly between incandescent riffing and pop hooks, winsome anxiety and powerful heft. With their long-awaited third album, Slothrust deliver ten new songs that reward repeated listens with complex arrangements and lyrical depth. From the slow burn of the centerpiece track “Horseshoe Crab” to the bizzarro world lullaby “Like a Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone” and the ripping, hyper-adrenalized “Rotten Pumpkin,” the midpoint between grunge and art rock is the aesthetic that Slothrust elevates. Sharp-eyed individualism, serious musicianship, humble intelligence, controlled abandon. "Slothrust have released some their best songs yet on their recent album 'Everyone Else'. 

    TRACK LISTING

    1. The Last Time I Saw My Horse
    2. Surf Goth
    3. Mud
    4. Like A Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone
    5. Trial & Error
    6. Rotten Pumpkin
    7. Sleep Eater
    8. Horseshoe Crab
    9. Pseudo Culture
    10. Pigpen

    The Dears

    Lovers Rock

      Montreal’s The Dears are in some run of form. Their music has always been quality but they have been releasing a steady flow of really excellent orchestral pop/rock music that began with 2015’s Times Infinity Volume One. The sister album, 2017’s Times Infinity Volume Two pushed the bar a little higher and here we are again, eighth album Lovers Rock is another superb collection of songs about love, romance, yearning and heartbreak. The core members Murray Lightburn (vocals/guitar/other) and Natalia Yanchak (vocals/piano) are joined this time round by longtime drummer Jeff Luciani, Steve Raegele (guitar) and Rémi-Jean LeBlanc (bass). Additional musicians making up their glorious sound are Sam Roberts (strings) and not one but two saxophonists, Alex Francoeur and the E Street Band’s Jake Clemons.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Heart Of An Animal
      2. I Know What You're Thinking And It's Awful
      3. Instant Nightmare!
      4. Is This What You Really Want?
      5. The Worst In Us
      6. Stille Lost
      7. No Place On Earth
      8. Play Dead
      9. Too Many Wrongs
      10. We'll Go Into Hiding

      Swervedriver

      Reflections / Think I'm Gonna Feel Better

        12" clear vinyl single featuring 2 previously unreleased recordings by UK legends reinterpreting classics by Gene Clark and The Supremes

        Slothrust

        The Pact

          Slothrust is principal songwriter, guitar player and unrepentant aesthete Leah Wellbaum, with drummer Will Gorin and bassist Kyle Bann. On their fourth full-length album The Pact, Slothrust constructs a luscious, ethereal cosmos perforated with wormy portals and magic wardrobes, demonstrating more clearly than ever the band’s deft shaping of contrasting sonic elements to forge a muscular sound that’s uniquely their own. Bizarre and mundane, tender and confident. The awkward duality of the forever outsider, rightly reclaimed as power. This is The Pact. Produced and engineered by Billy Bush in Los Angeles (the band’s new home base), Slothrust’s new album is a confident journey across 12 songs that oscillate between a quietly reflective tenderness and a slick, sleek confidence; balancing playful innocence with ballsy swagger. “This is the most fun I’ve ever had making a record,” Wellbaum confirms. “We were able to take risks. I’m saying yes more than no these days.”

          For fans of Pixes, Pj Harvey, Smashing Pumpkins.. 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Instantly reminiscent of the grunge heyday of the 90's (my absolute favourite heyday as it goes), Slothrust have the huge guitar sound of The Smashing Pumpkins, the irreverent snotty lyricism and spine-chilling delivery of Courtney Love (before she got all.. 'I found the plane etc') and the quiet-loud dissonance of NIN. It might seem reductive to put out so many comparisons to twenty years ago, but it's a nod to their skills that people have been trying and failing for twenty years to sound like THIS. Ace.


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