SLOTHRUST + ACTIVE BIRD COMMUNITY + CANDID
Slothrust is an American alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band is described as heavy and full of lyrical grit, and fusing elements of 90s with a modern edge.
Slothrust consists of Leah Wellbaum (vocals, guitar), Kyle Bann (bass), and Will Gorin (drums). Wellbaum and Gorin first staked out their unique strain of jazz and blues afflicted rock as students at Sarah Lawrence College. After performing in various school groups, the two joined to create music with a “heavier” sound. In search for a bassist, Bann later joined the band.
The name Slothrust came together as a combination of Wellbaum’s former project “Slothbox” and “rust” to signify time passing.
Watch the video to ‘Double Down’ here:
“In the simplest of terms, Amends is a record about forgiveness,” says Tom D’Agustino, one of the singers and primary songwriters of the Brooklyn-based band Active Bird Community. “Forgiving your parents for splitting up, forgiving your friends for not always understanding you, learning to forgive yourself.” The band’s forthcoming album, Amends, dwells in the intricacies of relationships — broken bonds between friends, family, and lovers — and hoping to heal.
In Hastings-on-Hudson, a small town just north of New York City, the band’s founding members — D’Agustino, co-songwriter/lead guitarist Andrew Wolfson, and bassist Zach Slater — were three teenagers without direction. Long summers were spent learning how to write and perform songs, and how to communicate complex emotions, which at such a young age brought the friends closer and closer together. “I think starting the band was almost a symbol of our friendship,” says D’Agustino. “I think we wanted to build something together.” Active Bird Community became an exciting new world for them to explore, a home to run away to whenever life got too confusing, too difficult to navigate. They didn’t expect the band to last through high school, so when it did, they had to choose: separate and head off to different colleges, or stay together and see where the band could go. They chose both, and with the addition of Quinn McGovern on drums, Active Bird Community’s lineup was finalized.
In the years since, as its members made their way through young adulthood and graduated college, the band has self-released three albums: the scrappy, lo-fi Magnum Opus, the tender garage-rock assemblage I’ve Been Going Swimming (2015), and their most recent release, the anthemic Stick Around (2017). They’ve cultivated a dynamic live show that’s fortified by a collective chemistry only possible from years of friendship. Active Bird Community is finely-tuned and musically tight — their earnestness and kinetic enthusiasm is wholly contagious, and still evident despite their advanced age of…24. And now, they’ve returned with Amends — their Barsuk Records debut and perhaps their most deeply felt album to date.
Watch the official music video for ‘Baby It’s You’ below:
Candid are indie rock four piece with pounding rhythms and strong melodies. Hailing from the often overlooked West Midlands city of Coventry, Candid channel the cities brutalist skyline into their own unique aesthetic. Candid have seen their local headline shows sell out with an impressive string of support slots under their belt including The Hoosiers, RedFaces and Oddity Road. Combining anthemic choruses similar to the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen and the driven sound of The Amazons, Candid generate an energetic live show not to be missed.
Watch and listen to ‘Breathless’ below: