“Horsrshoe Crab” by Slothrust

Slothrust recently debuted their newest video for “Like A Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone” The band will release the track along with their previous single “Horseshoe Crab” on their upcoming album ‘Everyone Else’ due out October 28th, on Dangerbird Records.

Slothrust is Leah Wellbaum, Kyle Bann (bass), and Will Gorin (drums). The trio started playing their style of jazz- and blues-afflicted rock as students at Sarah Lawrence College.

“People have always had trouble comparing us to other bands, but someone recently described us as Nirvana meets Wynton Marsalis, and I loved that,” says Wellbaum. Even the band’s name inspires a beat of thoughtful consideration as the eyes take in the letters and the brain makes its snap judgement: Slo Thrust? Slot Rust? Slo Trust? Sloth-Rust.

We all studied jazz and blues, so I often use chords and voicings that aren’t quite as conventional for contemporary rock,” she continues. “Certain harmonic movement can get stale, so I try to incorporate colorful notes to give it more depth. The improvisational spirit of blues music is also something we try to always keep with us, even in more composed playing. I am drawn to musicians a bit further outside of the rock tradition, such as John Fahey, Elizabeth Cotten, D’Angelo, and Portishead. Growing up I listened to a lot of R&B and classical music. And musicals.”

Nowhere is their musical vision clearer than on the slow burn of the album’s track “Horseshoe Crab.” Here, with storm cloud riffs and Will Gorin and Kyle Bann’s perfectly calibrated rhythmic undercurrent, Slothrust erupts in a geyser of emotional and spatial distance, as Wellbaum observes, “I don’t have anything in common with myself, except that I came from the sea, like everyone else did.”

01. Surf Goth
02. Like A Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone
03. Rotten Pumpkin
04. Horseshoe Crab
05. Pseudo Culture
06. The Last Time I Saw My Horse
07. Mud
08. Trial & Error
09. Sleep Eater
10. Pigpen

TOUR DATES (With Highly Suspect)

10.13.16 – St. Louis, Mo @ Delmar Hall
10.14.16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
10.15.16 – Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex
10.16.16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10.20.16 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
10.21.16 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
10.22.16 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
10.23.16 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
10.27.16 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10.28.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10.29.16 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11.1.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (Headlining)
11.3.16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
11.4.16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
11.5.16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
11.6.16 – Salisbury, MD @ Headquarters Live
11.9.16 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Live
11.10.16 – Cambridge, MA @The Sinclair
11.11.16 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
11.12.16 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11.16.16 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater
11.17.16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache
11.18.16 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11.19.16 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop