Members of Boston born trio Slothrust studied jazz and blues in a formal educational setting, but as they grew as a band and began to write their own songs, they knew they wanted to take it to a much heavier place. And so they set off to explore every aspect of this genre know as rock, developing a knack for laying it down real thick.
They’ve produced albums overflowing with rhythm & blues, fuzzy 90’s vibes, psychedelic solos and dreamy guitar pings, contrasted by insane riffs and rhythms. Their latest album The Pact demonstrates this multi-faceted ability, but it must also be noted that they have produced one of the strummiest and greyest of October albums within 2016’s Everyone Else, and a many fun covers on Show Me How You Want It To Be (more recently covering Bobby Darin’s 1958 single “Splish Splash”). Vocalist/guitarist Leah Wellbaum floats between sad, dreamy tones, with the strength of Grace Slick and perhaps Joni Mitchell, if Joni Mitchell was punk. Most songs (looking at you, “Double Down”) are defiant, and sometimes Wellbaum goes full metal: i.e. her screams in Slothrust’s demented and demanding cover of The Turtle’s “Happy Together”.
So is it Slo Thrust or Sloth Rust? That’s another story. Decide for yourself at Wonder Ballroom tomorrow, October 15th, opening for Highly Suspect.