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total slacker Smart Heavy Riff Rock

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RIYL: Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, A Place to Bury Strangers

By Dave Cromwell / Photos by Ebru Yildiz

ith a sound built around heavy riff grooves underpinning lyrics that combine intelligence, sardonic wit and heartfelt sincerity, Brooklyn’s Total Slacker are leading the way in the next evolution of rock. Poised for a February release of their latest album “Slip Away” on Black Bell/ADA records, the quartet looks to the coming year as both a continuation and new beginning for the band. Initial vision and leadership begins with core members (and couple) Tucker Rountree and Emily Oppenheimer, now bolstered by the formidable presence of guitarist David Anthony Tassy and drummer Zoe Brecher. Their sound creates the impression of familiarity, while retaining a quirky originality that prevents simple single genre designation. First single release ‘Sometimes You Gotta Die’ takes Nirvana’s guitar tonal quality, but slows it down to an ominous, unsettling pace. The signature heavy break after lyrics “sometimes you gotta cry (and die), just to know you’re alive” is as effective as anything Black Sabbath ever accomplished throughout their entire doom-laden catalogue. The emotional power and depth is fully realized during Tucker and Tassy’s guitar outro throwdown. Follow-up ‘Keep The Ships At Bay’ takes an opposite approach, as the driving rhythm lurches back and forth with a frenetic angularity. In addition to embedding the album title inside a significant lyrical hook, the message “if you can make it through night, it will be alright - make it through the day and keep the ships at bay,” illustrates how best to survive in these modern times. Compressed vocal verses coupled with a widely expanded sonic range on the chorus shows a band using the recording studio to its full potential. Frontman Tucker Rountree answers questions about his early development and where the band is now headed.

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the deli Winter 2014

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The Deli NYC #37 - Total Slacker, Todd P, San Fermin, Stompbox Expo  

Winter 2014. Featuring Total Slacker on the cover. Plus: full articles on Brooklyn DIY promoter Todd P and newbies San Fermin, as well as a...

The Deli NYC #37 - Total Slacker, Todd P, San Fermin, Stompbox Expo  

Winter 2014. Featuring Total Slacker on the cover. Plus: full articles on Brooklyn DIY promoter Todd P and newbies San Fermin, as well as a...

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