Slothrust have released their first new music since 2019, in the form of single “Cranium”, out now on Dangerbird Records.
The band, fronted by songwriter, lyricist, and guitarist Leah Wellbaum joined by Will Gorin (drums) and Kyle Bann (bass/keyboards), worked with producer Billy Bush (Garbage, Laura Jane Grace) to create “Cranium”, giving an entrancing teaser of what’s to come from the band’s anticipated new album.
Wellbaum says of the new single:
“I think of “Cranium” as an absurd mating ritual dance by one of those beautiful complex birds with iridescent tail feathers. Except instead of feathers I am holding family heirloom tweezers and my hands are coated in honey. It’s sweet, but incredibly uncomfortable and definitely overbearing.
“The song is about wanting to serve love but not knowing the “right” way to do so— often offering too much, or something unwanted entirely. It is a promise to love both absurdly and impossibly with a heavy sprinkle of pain.
“I knew right away that I wanted to end this song with a long, emotive guitar solo in the style of Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain.” Something that really takes you on a journey, but perhaps not the one you were expecting.”
“Cranium”’s accompanying video takes fans on a trippy journey into a mystical world of the mind, with visuals that hint that our dreams, desires, and visions of love might be more real than fabricated and just as tangible as a balloon floating in the sky on a sunny day.
Slothrust’s last LP, 2018’s The Pact was followed by two EPs in 2019, with the legendary mix engineer Chris Lord Alge working on a 2019 mix of their hit single “Double Down”.
The band have also appeared on FX’s “You’re The Worst,” performing as a punk band, and having “Double Down” played in another scene. If that wasn’t cool enough, their 2012 single, “7:30 AM” is the show’s theme song.
Check out the video for “Cranium” below, and follow Slothrust for updates via their website here.
Images courtesy of Slothrust. Featured image credit: Lindsey Brynes.