Alt-rockers Slothrust have breathed new life into 90s kids everywhere with their aggressive sounds that nod to early grunge-rock bands like Nirvana, the Buzzcocks, and Dinosaur Jr. The power trio – guitarist and unrepentant aesthete Leah Wellbaum, with drummer Will Gorin and bassist Kyle Bann – recently released their new video for “Peach,” from the new LP, The Pact, produced by famed producer Billy Bush in Los Angeles, the band’s new headquarters.
Vocalist and guitarist Leah Wellbaum explains the vision behind the video:
“Music is potent to all creatures, and I love this fairytale-esque idea of a song that is so magnetic that the creatures of the forest can’t help but be pulled in to join the magic.”
Upon a more in-depth listen of Slothrust’s catalog, elements of blues and jazz start to come forward, largely due to the band’s members that met in their college jazz program. Now, with millions of streams across streaming platforms, the band’s influence has expanded into staggering numbers since their first album in 2014.
“This is the most fun I’ve ever had making a record,” Wellbaum said. “We were able to take risks. I’m saying yes more than no these days.”
Bush was a spirit guide in the studio, leading the band into a new soundscape that balanced playful innocence with ballsy swagger.
“I can’t say I’ve come across a band like this where every player is equally strong,” Bush noted. “Typically there is one stronger talent and one that lags behind, but something I find really unique about [Slothrust] is that everybody really is extraordinary in their ability to discuss, understand, hear and play music.”
Bassist Bann comments that “We had infinite possibilities with Billy at the helm.” Drummer Gorin adds, “Whereas in the past we strove to make a record that would accurately capture the way we sound live, this time we explored making a studio album. We let the experience take us somewhere new.”
The band also recently shared their Noisetrade EP, If You Took Me To The Zoo, out now. The EP features a 2019 mix of “Double Down” by 5-time Grammy-award winning American mix engineer Chris Lord Alge, alongside two previously unreleased demos: “On My Mind” and “Some Kind of Cowgirl.”
Billboard said that Slothrust “is a juggernaut of cannonball riffs and lyrical intrigue,” and it certainly rings true. “You’re never going to fully figure out Slothrust, but rest assured, it’s well worth the effort.”
On February 6, the band appeared and performed on FX’s You’re the Worst, as well as landing their 2012 single “7:30” as the show’s theme song.
Slothrust has 25 upcoming tour dates and will be playing three festivals in May: Shaky Knees (May 5) in Atlanta, GA; Epicenter (May 10) in Charlotte, NC; and Bottlerock (May 25) in Napa, CA.
SLOTHRUST TOUR DATES: Mar 28 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA ^ Mar 30 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA ^ Mar 30 – Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA ^ Apr 2 – The Olympic – Boise, ID ^ Apr 3 – The Bartlett – Spokane, WA ^ Apr 4 – Crocodile – Seattle, WA ^ Apr 5 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR ^ Apr 6 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR ^ Apr 23 – The Basement – Columbus, OH # Apr 25 – Deluxx Fluxx – Detroit, MI # Apr 26 – Mahall’s 20 Lanes – Lakewood, OH # Apr 27 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD # Apr 28 – Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ # May 1 – Lizard Lounge – Lancaster, PA # * May 2 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA # May 5 – Shaky Knees Festival – Atlanta, GA May 8 – Crowbar – Tampa FL # May 9 – The Jinx – Savannah, GA # May 10 – Epicenter Festival – Charlotte, NC May 11 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL # May 13 – Growlers – Memphis, TN # May 15 – Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NE # May 16 – Downtown Artery – Fort Collins, CO # May 17 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO May 18 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO # May 23 – The Gateway – Salt Lake City, UT May 25 – Bottlerock – Napa, CA June 19 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME * June 20 – 3S Artspace – Portsmouth, NH * June 22 – Columbus Theatre – Providence, RI * June 23 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA *
*= Just announced
^ = Dates with Rituals of Mine # = Dates with Summer Cannibals