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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.

From Indian Lakes and Tokyo Police Club @ Vinyl Music Hall

 

Photos by Katy Newbill (ktdidit)

It’s always a plus to me when I go to a show and have a lineup of bands that really have nothing in common, other than the fact that they fit in that ever widening definition of alternative rock. The show Sunday night at Vinyl Music Hall was such a show. You had From Indian Lakes going from layered dreaminess to aggressive indie rock, and Tokyo Police Club with their infectious indie pop with a punch. Both bands have seen their fair share of the road, but this was our first opportunity seeing them, having missed Tokyo Police Club at Shaky Knees in 2014 because of scheduling.

From Indian Lakes

We have been following From Indian Lakes since their excellent 2012 release Able Bodies caught our attention and since we have had a regular Wednesday night radio show on Radio Free Pensacola, we have consistently played We Are Sick from that record. They followed that up 2 years later with an equally excellent Absent Sounds, which contains probably one of my all-time favorite songs, Breathe Desperately. Since then they have released the EP Wanderer, which contains three new tracks with acoustic renditions of two tracks from Absent Sounds

From Indian Lakes

All of their recordings are brilliant collections of music which belong in everyone’s personal collection, however hearing the material performed live brings out an edgier sound not found on record.  It’s quite addictive. Makes me want to see them again. During the set, front man Joey Vannucchi promised new music in the near future so we will definitely keep our ears alert for that.

From Indian Lakes

From Indian Lakes

Tokyo Police Club burst on the scene in 2006 with A Lesson In Crime, which contains Cheer It On (a station favorite!). They followed that up with a classic record Elephant Shell. Each record is filled with alternative rock goodness both aggressive yet catchy. Both records solidified their place on the festival circuit and they had garnered spots at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and UK’s Glastonbury.

Tokyo Police Club

2010’s Champ seemed to signify a band on the rise and then they seemed to disappear from the radar a bit. They finally came back on the music scene with 2014’s brilliant Forcefield with its eight minute plus Argentina (Parts I, II, III). We find it very cool that a band whose tracks usually clock in at two and a half to three minutes can pull off an eight minute track. But pull it off they did. 

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

They are currently touring in support of the EP Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 1) which brought them to a very excited crowd Sunday night in Pensacola. The band blasted through a set scattered with songs across their entire catalog, and provided an intense musical experience that sounds just as good in a packed club as a large festival stage.

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