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Slothrust Share New EP ‘I Promise’ + “Maybe Maybe” Visualizer via FLOOD Magazine Oct 20, 2023

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Following the recent release of their standout cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony,” today, Slothrust — the duo composed of principal songwriter, guitar player, and unrepentant aesthete Leah Wellbaum and drummer Will Gorin — unveils their full brand new EP entitledI Promise, out now via Dangerbird Records.

The pair additionally celebrates their new release with the drop of the EP’s focus track and final single, “Maybe Maybe,” alongside a brand new dedicated visualizer.

“Maybe Maybe” considers what it means to be a human caught in the forever wheel of neurosis, and the possibility of finding peace and sovereignty in an erotic connection to nature. In other words, as the duo wrote: “‘Maybe Maybe’ is about feeling a stronger erotic connection to nature than to other people. Lyrically, it is born from a non-dualistic space and a deep desire to be in connection with the cosmos and dramatic weather.” 

“I love secrets hidden in plain sight,” says Slothrust guitarist, singer and songwriter Leah Wellbaum. Approaching a decade since their fiercely innovative debut, Wellbaum and drummer/percussionist Will Gorin search for the keys to secrets with Slothrust as they pick at the locks of guitar rock, moving it forward with an expansive and unconventional lean.

The new EP I Promise is centered around a sly, thunderous take on the 90s R&B freakytime classic Ginuwine‘s “Pony” and two new singles “Maybe Maybe” and “Magic Glow.” The band’s rendition of “Pony” was released earlier this summer with an accompanying music video, and is followed by focus track “Maybe Maybe” today.

With “Pony,” Wellbaum and Gorin take Timbaland’s iconic beat and Ginuwine’s carnal a cappella and build a whole new world around the original’s three powerhouse chords and effervescent low end. Slothrust’s version swings like a lithe slice of sludgy rock ‘n’ roll and is a revelatory venn diagram of best ‘90s nostalgia and forward-looking celebration of the now.

“I feel like we have developed our own unique sound to the point where we can ask ourselves ‘what would Slothrust do?’” says Gorin. “The paradox being that if we knew, Slothrust would do the opposite.” 

The two new originals, “Maybe Maybe” and “Magic Glow,” which feature Gorin on drums and bass for the first time, are anchored by Welbaum’s manic guitar melodies and meaty hooks. Slothrust’s subversive pop instincts shine with lyrical nods to liminal spaces, ceremonial magick, and ecosexuality.

“Will and I have been playing different genres of music in different configurations together for almost 15 years now and that is a big part of our lock,” says Wellbaum. “We know how to work with each other in a variety of different settings and how to communicate outside of what we do specifically. That offers us tremendous freedom.”

Speaking of freedom, a prickly instrumental performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” recasts the Wizard of Oz standard as raw off-Broadway punk, but it’s the extended version of “Pony” that snaps necks. Clocking in at fourteen-plus minutes, Slothrust dives straight off the deep end with seared guitar solos and pulse-quickening drum patterns that pay homage to the original while showcasing the pair’s strengths as groove-locked explorers at the peak of their powers.

“It’s always fun to leave space in the music where improvisation is possible,” explains Wellbaum, “and that is part of what is so exciting to us about the extended version of ‘Pony’; it’s entirely improvised, and we only did one performance of it in the studio.” 

Slothrust announced themselves as rewarding and fearless interpreters with their 2016 EP, Show Me How You Want It to Be. Tackling material as diverse and unexpected as their libidinous romp thru Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” and a grungy, sand-blasted rethink of Marcy Playground (“Sex and Candy”), their version of The Turtles “Happy Together” was a revelation that flipped that song’s famously delusional narrative voice and breezy pop sound into a roaring articulation of objectified rage.

The full-length I Promise EP is out today via Dangerbird Records. Stay tuned for more from Slothrust, coming soon.


01. Pony
02. Maybe Maybe
03. Magic Glow
04. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
05. Pony (Extended Version)
06. Pony (Instrumental)
07. Pony (Acapella)

In addition to their new EP release, Slothrust is currently on tour with The Front Bottoms, and they are continuing their live run with a set of newly announced headlining tour dates to celebration the 10-Year Anniversary of their release, Of Course You Do.

^ with The Front Bottoms
Of Course You Did 10-Year Anniversary Tour

OCT 20 FRI – SOMA SAN DIEGO @ 7:00pm – San Diego, CA
OCT 24 TUE – Marquee Theatre @ 7:00pm – Tempe, AZ ^
OCT 25 WED – The Historic El Rey Theater @ 7:00pm – Albuquerque, NM ^
OCT 27 FRI – Diamond Ballroom @ 7:00pm – Oklahoma City, OK ^
OCT 28 SAT – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater @ 8:00pm – Austin, TX ^
OCT 29 SUN – The Factory In Deep Ellum @ 7:30pm – Dallas, TX ^
OCT 30 MON – Marathon Music Works @ 7:00pm – Nashville, TN ^
OCT 31 TUE – Marathon Music Works @ 8:00pm – Nashville, TN ^
NOV 2 THU – Iron City Bham @ 7:00pm – Birmingham, AL ^
NOV 3 FRI – St. Augustine Amphitheatre @ 7:00pm – St. Augustine, FL ^
NOV 4 SAT – The Eastern @ 7:00pm – Atlanta, GA ^
NOV 5 SUN – The Senate @ 7:00pm – Columbia, SC ^
NOV 7 TUE – The Ritz @ 7:00pm – Raleigh, NC ^
NOV 8 WED – The Fillmore @ 7:00pm – Silver Spring, MD ^
NOV 10 FRI – Terminal 5 @ 7:00pm – New York, NY ^
NOV 11 SAT – Terminal 5 @ 7:00pm – New York, NY ^
NOV 12 SUN – The Song & Dance @ 7:00pm – Syracuse, NY
NOV 13 MON – Jamestown Skate Products @ 7:00pm – Jamestown, NY
NOV 16 THU – Rose Music Hall @ 7:00pm – Columbia, MO
NOV 17 FRI – Reverb Lounge @ 7:00pm – Omaha, NE
NOV 18 SAT – WAVE @ 7:00pm – Wichita, KS
NOV 19 SUN – Black Sheep @ 7:00pm – Colorado Springs, CO
JAN 19 FRI – Bottom Of the Hill @ 7:00pm – San Francisco, CA*
JAN 20 SAT – Bottom Of the Hill @ 7:00pm – San Francisco, CA *
JAN 21 SUN – Goldfield Trading Post Roseville @ 7:00pm – Roseville, CA *
JAN 23 TUE – Volcanic Theatre Pub @ 7:00pm – Bend, OR *
JAN 25 THU – Polaris Hall @ 7:00pm – Portland, OR *
JAN 26 FRI – Polaris Hall @ 7:00pm – Portland, OR *
JAN 27 SAT – Madame Lou’s @ 7:00pm – Seattle, WA *
JAN 28 SUN – Madame Lou’s @ 7:00pm – Seattle, WA *
JAN 31 WED – The District Bar @ 7:00pm – Spokane, WA *
FEB 2 FRI – El Korah Shrine @ 7:00pm – Boise, ID *
FEB 3 SAT – The State Room @ 7:00pm – Salt Lake City, UT *
FEB 6 TUE – The Holland Project @ 7:00pm – Reno, NV *
FEB 8 THU – Casbah @ 7:00pm – San Diego, CA *
FEB 9 FRI – Teragram Ballroom @ 7:00pm – Los Angeles, CA *
FEB 10 SAT – Chain Reaction @ 7:00pm – Anaheim, CA *

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Upcoming Tour Dates

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Cranium – Single Feb 24, 2021


Pony (Extended Version) Oct 4, 2023


I Promise Oct 20, 2023


Pony – Single Sep 13, 2023


Parallel Timeline (Origins) Mar 16, 2022


The Next Curse (feat. Lzzy Hale) – Single Aug 10, 2021


Once More For The Ocean – Single Jun 16, 2021


Parallel Timeline Sep 10, 2021


Strange Astrology – Single Apr 16, 2021


Peach EP Oct 25, 2019


Slothrust – U.S. Gay b/w Sons of an Illustrious Father – Horseshoe Crab Jun 18, 2019


Double Down (Willy Beaman Remix) – Single Jan 9, 2019


Planetarium – Single Aug 31, 2018


The Pact Sep 14, 2018


Show Me How You Want It To Be Nov 10, 2017


Milking The Snake – Single Aug 8, 2017


Everyone Else Oct 28, 2016

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