Slothrust EP features Britney Spears’s “Baby One More Time”

by Sarah Schulte

Slothrust is a gritty alternative rock band hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. The three-piece, consisting of Leah Wellbaum (lead guitar, vocals), Kyle Bann (bass), and Will Gorin (drums), came together back in 2010 after Gorin and Wellbaum met through their music studies at Sarah Lawrence College. Since its formation, Slothrust has released three studio albums and one EP, with a covers EP titled “Show Me How You Want It to Be” due out November 10th.

The band recently released two singles to give listeners a taste of the upcoming EP. The first is a cover of Marcy Playground’s smooth groove “Sex and Candy.”

 

 

Slothrust is a 90s grunge and blues brew, and this cover compliments their sound perfectly. Leah’s edged voice weaves between the loud personality of her guitar, ripping into the

instrumental bridge and chorusing to a balladic solo that, despite the seemingly shallow title of the song, tugs at the listeners’ heartstrings. Gorin’s heavy drums compliment the guitar in an almost-duet, while Bann keeps the melodic theme going on bass, and the abrupt tempo changes that somehow blend together seamlessly are reminiscent of the band’s tune “Crockpot” from their album “Of Course You Do.”

 

The band’s cover of the 1998 Britney Spears’s hit “Baby One More Time” commands attention in the first second of the song – yes, it hooks you that fast. The well-known introduction sounds indescribably cooler when you throw it on some steel strings and back it with a grooving drum beat. Slothrust’s stamp on the song is so simple, yet so wildly refreshing, all while paying tribute to an icon we all know and love.

 

Slothrust’s covers EP “Show Me How You Want It to Be” is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and will be accessible to stream on Spotify on November 10th.

AJR at the Kiss 107.1 Just Show Up Free Concert

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by Wittney Hardin

AJR is an up and rising alternative/indie pop band. The band consists of three Met brothers: Adam, Jack, and Ryan. The name AJR comes from the first initials of Adam, Jack, and Ryan. The band writes, produces, and mixes their own material.

On September 3rd, The band accompanied Judah and The Lion, Hey Violet, Skylar Stecker, and Spencer Sutherland at a concert in Cinncinatti. Turnout was amazing, filling up a good portion of the field at Sawyer Point, on the Hubert’s Lemonade stage. The crowd was full of energy as the band played songs from their new album, The Click.

The Click is an album about the insecurity that comes with growing up into an adult,” bass player  Adam explained. “It’s about both the mundane, unimportant problems and the bigger, more profound issues facing a twenty-something year old.”

The concert was an amazing promotional booster. It included various food trucks and fun for people of all ages. All in all, the concert was an amazing final blast of summer. The alternative fans in Cincy were able to get together and enjoy their Sunday afternoon.