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.