Slothrust is a damn good band.

Slothrust is a damn good band. Pretty much what has been pounding away at my eardrums for the past 3 plus years. Yeah,I know, I am hooked.  No other band has been included in The Lost Sandal radio show playlists as often as Slothrust. But what is there not to love about this band? They can go from melodic guitar picking and strumming grace to an all-out sonic Black Sabbathesque assault within one song (Do check out their incredible cover of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” on YouTube). And the introspective, but often comedic lyrics (My name is Leah and I drink juice. Every morning when I wake up but it's no use. I'm unwell. Can you tell that I'm sick in the brain?). And lots of musings about the sea. And, and, the sarcasm and the attitude. All of it.

Their latest release “Everyone Else” is a true masterpiece. I am not kidding, it’s that good. It builds upon what already established them as a great power trio with lots of bluesy, jazzy, metalish goodness on their first two records, “Feels Your Pain”(2012) and “Of Course You Do” (2014). Songs like “Rotten Pumpkin”, “Horseshoe Crab”, and a personal favorite, “Psuedo Culture” are classics.

But live.

I had no idea.

I had not seen them live until this last Tuesday night when they rolled into the Soul Kitchen in Mobile, Alabama as an opener for Highly Suspect. That’s not for want of trying. Work and a busy schedule had kept me away from seeing them any earlier. And then a last minute cancellation at a show scheduled about a year ago at Destin’s Club L.A., due to illness by a member of Highly Suspect, wiped out our chance of seeing them then. But Tuesday night we drove over and saw a blistering opening set that we will not soon forget. To a capacity crowd at Soul Kitchen, singer guitarist Leah Wellbaum, and a well-oiled and extremely polished rhythm section of bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin, roared through a set that featured all of the wonderful melodic lows and thunderous highs of one of the best live bands I have seen in many a year.

I did enjoy the sonic pummeling we received up front, the bass and drums literally knocking the breath out of us. They started the show with “Surf Goth” and then blazed through such greats as “7:30 a.m.” “Crockpot”, “Horseshoe Crab”, and “Like a Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone”. They were even called back for an encore, choosing the incredible closing song “Beowulf” from “Of Course You Do”. The sound was crisp, tight, and happily well received.

Thank you is all I can say. For those of you in cities ahead on the tour, especially Tallahassee as they are headlining, get out there, reward yourself, and go see this band.

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