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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

    Slothrust

    Parallel Timeline

      On Slothrust’s latest album, ‘Parallel Timeline’, bandleader Leah Wellbaum pushed herself to try and understand her own spirituality on a deeper level - putting a lens on the core wound of the human experience, the idea that we’re alone. With ‘Parallel Timeline’, Wellbaum explores the feeling of being trapped inside her own consciousness while simultaneously searching for a meaningful connection to the universe, and all the mysteries it contains.

      In advance of recording their fifth studio album, Leah, along with drummer Will Gorin, and bassist/producer Kyle Bann, sought to dramatically expand the band’s sonic palette. Slothrust put an emphasis on incorporating new production techniques and processes into the established Slothrust sound, resulting in an extraordinary amount of experimental demo recordings, many elements of which appear themselves on the final record. Leah sought to craft unique and calculated guitar parts instead of continuous bursts of wall-to-wall sound, and in turn delivers what will likely be considered a “how-to manual” for guitar playing in the next decade. Educated musicians all with backgrounds in classical, jazz and blues, the band’s newest work once again sees Slothrust leaning into improvisation -- something that in the past has lent itself to the infectious energy of their live shows.

      Parallel Timeline, mixed by industry legend Billy Bush and mastered by Heba Kadry, is a masterclass in balancing tenderness with the fierce guitar work Leah has become known for. With a distinct yet unified sound that blends progressive rock, acoustic and pop, Slothrust has never been more confident.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Slothrust bring together a wealth of influences for their most recent outing, while keeping in place their dedication to melody and riffcrafting. It's a heady mix, enticing with shards of synth, downbeat and electronica into a hugely enjoyable and soaringly majestic end result.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Cranium
      2. Once More For The Ocean
      3. Courtesy
      4. The Next Curse
      5. Strange Astrology
      6. Waiting
      7. King Arthur's Seat
      8. A Giant Swallow
      9. White Rabbits
      10. Parallel Timeline

      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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