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- Of Course You Do by Slothrust
9/10 Mike Staff review, 13 February 2014
I think at this point we have established that grunge is well and truly back. I can't dig into a review pile without coming across some heretofore unknown neo-grunge hopefuls, and lots of them are really good. Slothrust are a trio from Brooklyn and this is their second album. They're a very interesting prospect too. They take the Pixies loud/quiet/loud template and push it to extremes, with the songs tending to veer violently between passages of sweet pop and coruscating Nirvana-esque riffing.
Frontwoman Leah Wellbaum's deep and androgynous voice takes the fore throughout - weary and melodic and quite unusual, somewhere between Nico and Kim Deal. The missteps are few, I don't like the rousing gang vocals that close the second side because they don't seem to fit into what is otherwise quite a subtle record - the trombone and hollering uplift of 'Magnets Pt 2' pulls off the uplifting thing in a way which doesn't clang so much with their aesthetic.
I think they're at their best when they're switching between twiddly, quiet Breedersy bits and noisy Screaming Femalesish bits. The two contrasting sides of the band and the way they're played off against one another makes them very hard to pigeonhole, but bands that are coming to mind when listening to this are Kal Marks and Shudder To Think and Giving Up; a kind of midpoint between grunge and thoughtful indie rock, deftly skirting the two genres with unpatronising intelligence and sharp-eyed individualism. This is really good, totally fun.
5/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 30th March 2014
"One thing a strapline like “Brooklyn grunge-pop” is gonna afford you is immediate clickbait cred. A lot of people are going to want to be on board with that premise because, frankly, it sounds pretty cool. Of Course You Do has problems, the biggest of which is that it is really rather uncool indeed." For the full review see: http://www.sicmagazine.net/7358/slothrust-of-course-you-do/
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