Alt-Rock Band Slothrust Kicks Off Headline Tour Dates

Photo Credit: Danny Lane

Photo Credit: Danny Lane

Boston-based garage rock band Slothrust, composed of vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter Leah Wellbaum, drummer Will Gorin, and bassist Kyle Bann, has announced dates for their UK, Europe, and United States tour, which kicked off on January 22nd in Glasgow and will end May 24th in Napa, California. The tour dates follow September’s release, The Pact.

The Pact spins Slothrust’s signature lush garage rock sound with pop sensibility, fusing together influences from grunge, blues and jazz to create an album that evokes ‘90s acts Nirvana and The Pixies. “When writing a lot of this material I tried to step further outside of myself and take risks I hadn’t before,” Wellbaum says. “After doing that, I stepped back into the role of performer and author of the material. It’s a really liberating experience.”

“Double Down” is irreverent and powerful, swelling and throbbing against crunchy riffs and the unbridled power of Wellbaum’s vocals, while the bruising “Planetarium” kicks off with garage rock grit before Wellbaum breaks into the first verse. “I want to take you to the planetarium. I want to show you how ugly the sky is.” “Fever Doggs” lurches with myriad time changes, with Wellbaum calling it “a song that feels like a photograph of an old house made of dark rotting wood.”

The EP displays the breadth of the band’s capabilities and takes chances with vulnerability. “Birthday Cake” is classically cheeky— “break my arms or you can break my legs if you want to stay put underneath the covers… But hey I would sit on your birthday cake”— while “Peach” begins with lyrical whimsy before building to a reverberant roar as Wellbaum sings, “tiny tantrums, elves and giants, little turtle, kindergarten. You were so mean to me then, but no one is mean to me now.”

Check out Slothrust’s tour dates below and purchase tickets here.

Tour Dates

Mon 28 January - Paris, France @ Pop Up Du Label

Tue 29 January - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg Up

Wed 30 January - Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell

Thu 31 January - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotov Skybar

Fri 01 February - Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub

Fri 08 February - Syracuse Ny @ Lost Horizon

Sat 09 February - Rochester, Ny @ Bug Jar

Wed 13 February - New Orleans, La @ Gasa Gasa

Thu 14 February - Houston, Tx @ The Satellite

Fri 15 February - Dallas, Tx @ Club Dada

Sat 16 February - Austin, Tx @ Barracuda

Tue 19 February - Albuquerque, Nm @ Sister

Thu 21 February - Tucson, Az @ Cans Deli

Fri 22 February - Phoenix, Az @ Valley Bar

Sat 30 March - San Francisco, Ca @ The Chapel

Sun 31 March - Sacramento, Ca @ Holy Diver

Tue 02 Apr - Boise, Id @ The Olympic

Wed 03 Apr - Spokane, Wa @ The Bartlett

Thu 04 Apr - Seattle, Wa @ Crocodile

Fri 05 Apr - Portland, Or @ Mississippi Studios

Sat 06 Apr - Portland, Or @ Mississippi Studios

Fri 03 May - Atlanta, Ga @ Shaky Knees Festival

Fri 10 May - Charlotte, Nc @ Epicenter Festival

Fri 24 May - Napa, Ca @ Bottlerock Festival