Slothrust Announce Their Forthcoming EP, I Promise, Out Friday, October 20, 2023

Slothrust Announce Their Forthcoming EP, I Promise, Out Friday, October 20, 2023

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Slothrust — the duo composed of principal songwriter, guitar player, and unrepentant aesthete Leah Wellbaum and drummer Will Gorin — announce their forthcoming EP entitled I Promise, out October 20.

“I love secrets hidden in plain sight,” says Slothrust guitarist, singer and songwriter Leah Wellbaum. Approaching a decade since their fiercely innovative debut, Wellbaum and drummer/percussionist Will Gorin search for the keys to secrets with Slothrust as they pick at the locks of guitar rock, moving it forward with an expansive and unconventional lean.

The new EP I Promise is centered around a sly, thunderous take on the 90s R&B freakytime classic Ginuwine’s “Pony” and two new singles “Maybe Maybe” and “Magic Glow.” The band’s rendition of “Pony” is out today alongside the EP’s announcement and an accompanying music video.

With “Pony,” Wellbaum and Gorin take Timbaland’s iconic beat and Ginuwine’s carnal a cappella and build a whole new world around the original’s three powerhouse chords and effervescent low end. Slothrust’s version swings like a lithe slice of sludgy rock ‘n’ roll and is a revelatory venn diagram of best ‘90s nostalgia and forward-looking celebration of the now. 

“I feel like we have developed our own unique sound to the point where we can ask ourselves ‘what would Slothrust do?’” says Gorin. “The paradox being that if we knew, Slothrust would do the opposite.” 

The two new originals, “Maybe Maybe” and “Magic Glow,” which feature Gorin on drums and bass for the first time, are anchored by Welbaum’s manic guitar melodies and meaty hooks. Slothrust’s subversive pop instincts shine with lyrical nods to liminal spaces, ceremonial magick, and ecosexuality. 

“Will and I have been playing different genres of music in different configurations together for almost 15 years now and that is a big part of our lock,” says Wellbaum. “We know how to work with each other in a variety of different settings and how to communicate outside of what we do specifically. That offers us tremendous freedom.”

Speaking of freedom, a prickly instrumental performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” recasts the Wizard of Oz standard as raw off-Broadway punk, but it’s the extended version of “Pony” that snaps necks. Clocking in at fourteen-plus minutes, Slothrust dives straight off the deep end with seared guitar solos and pulse-quickening drum patterns that pay homage to the original while showcasing the pair’s strengths as groove-locked explorers at the peak of their powers. 

“It’s always fun to leave space in the music where improvisation is possible,” explains Wellbaum, “and that is part of what is so exciting to us about the extended version of ‘Pony’; it’s entirely improvised, and we only did one performance of it in the studio.” 

Slothrust announced themselves as rewarding and fearless interpreters with their 2016 EP, Show Me How You Want It to Be. Tackling material as diverse and unexpected as their libidinous romp thru Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” and a grungy, sand-blasted rethink of Marcy Playground (“Sex and Candy”), their version of The Turtles “Happy Together” was a revelation that flipped that song’s famously delusional narrative voice and breezy pop sound into a roaring articulation of objectified rage.





01. Pony
02. Maybe Maybe
03. Magic Glow
04. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
05. Pony (Extended Version)
06. Pony (Instrumental)
07. Pony (Acapella)


Slothrust will join The Front Bottoms for a series of shows this fall, followed by headline dates into late November. View the full list of dates and more information below.


^ with The Front Bottoms

OCT 20 FRI – SOMA SAN DIEGO @ 7:00pm – San Diego, CA
OCT 24 TUE – Marquee Theatre @ 7:00pm – Tempe, AZ ^
OCT 25 WED – The Historic El Rey Theater @ 7:00pm – Albuquerque, NM ^
OCT 27 FRI – Diamond Ballroom @ 7:00pm – Oklahoma City, OK ^
OCT 28 SAT – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater @ 8:00pm – Austin, TX ^
OCT 29 SUN – The Factory In Deep Ellum @ 7:30pm – Dallas, TX ^
OCT 30 MON – Marathon Music Works @ 7:00pm – Nashville, TN ^
OCT 31 TUE – Marathon Music Works @ 8:00pm – Nashville, TN ^
NOV 2 THU – Iron City Bham @ 7:00pm – Birmingham, AL ^
NOV 3 FRI – St. Augustine Amphitheatre @ 7:00pm – St. Augustine, FL ^
NOV 4 SAT – The Eastern @ 7:00pm – Atlanta, GA ^
NOV 5 SUN – The Senate @ 7:00pm – Columbia, SC ^
NOV 7 TUE – The Ritz @ 7:00pm – Raleigh, NC ^
NOV 8 WED – The Fillmore @ 7:00pm – Silver Spring, MD ^
NOV 10 FRI – Terminal 5 @ 7:00pm – New York, NY ^
NOV 11 SAT – Terminal 5 @ 7:00pm – New York, NY ^
NOV 12 SUN – The Song & Dance @ 7:00pm – Syracuse, NY
NOV 13 MON – Jamestown Skate Products @ 7:00pm – Jamestown, NY
NOV 16 THU – Rose Music Hall @ 7:00pm – Columbia, MO
NOV 17 FRI – Reverb Lounge @ 7:00pm – Omaha, NE
NOV 18 SAT – WAVE @ 7:00pm – Wichita, KS
NOV 19 SUN – Black Sheep @ 7:00pm – Colorado Springs, CO







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