Slothrust are a Brooklyn-based grunge-rock trio from Boston. With the release of their new song Crockpot and three week-long tour, we caught up with the band’s frontwoman Leah Wellbaum to discuss festivals, brainwashing, covering Black Sabbath, and illustrations. Read the interview below:
AMBY: Hey Slothrust, what’s the band been up to lately?
Slothrust: We did a three week-long tour down to SXSW and back. It was our first time touring in our very own van so we were suuuuper stoked. It was also our first time playing SXSW, which was awesome and also very intense. Overall it was a really successful tour. We met a lot of new people and played cities we had never been to before. We shared beds with a lot of other peoples’ dogs and also ate a lot of magic BBQ. As a whole people were incredibly kind and welcoming to us.
AMBY: You soon embark on a three week tour down to SXSW and then back to where it all started, Philly. What are you most looking forward to?
Slothrust: Due to how busy we were on tour, I am just now answering these questions haha. Very limited computer access on the road. On this tour we had really great shows in most of the cities we played. We particularly enjoyed Kansas City and Tulsa. It’s always really exciting for us to go to a place we have never been before and learn that we have a following there. It surprised us every time. We also had a great time in San Antonio. We played this all-ages DIY space called PoorCore. It was really exciting to play to young people who are so passionate about music and supporting each other. This space had a really beautiful and well-established community, I don’t think we have ever played a show quite like this one. At one point there was a boy in a band taking a shredly guitar solo and his mom was taking photos and rubbing his back at the same time…unreal.
AMBY: Which bands or artists do you want to see most at the festival?
Slothrust: Our favorite bands that we got to see this time around were Diarrhea Planet, The Garden, Big Ups, and Amanda X. We have been playing shows with Big Ups and Amanda X, and would seriously love to perform with Diarrhea Planet and The Garden in the future.
AMBY: What’s one of the best concert moments you’ve had while performing as Slothrust?
Slothrust: Any show where people yell out requests for our first song, “Keg Party”, is a good concert moment. It’s a very belligerent song and only very belligerent people request it.
AMBY: Your latest album Of Course You Do showcases your raw and charismatic vocals. Who inspires you as a vocalist?
Slothrust: Kurt Cobain, Alice Bag, Isaac Brock, Patti Smith, Tom Waits…people who are brave and not afraid to sound ugly.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your song Crockpot?
Slothrust: It’s a song about feeling isolated, things I love and things I don’t love. Oh, and BRAINWASHING.
AMBY: One of my favourite tracks by you is the cover of Happy Together. Can we expect any other covers in the future?
Slothrust: Yes! We recently recorded another cover with WreckRoom Records. It’s Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral Fire”. You can expect a video for that very soon. We love that song. Definitely it would be a dream come true to open for Black Sabbath.
AMBY: What do you do for fun when you aren’t making music?
Slothrust: I draw. I create lots of illustrations under the name Magenta Phillips. One of my pieces was in the Brucennial this year. Unfortunately I didn’t get to attend because I was at SXSW, but if you google Magenta Phillips you will find my work. Recently I have also been playing with clay and am in the process of altering beanie babies…which makes my mom feel very unsettled.
AMBY: If you had to spin only one record on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Slothrust: It would be, ‘The Best Of John Fahey 1959-1977’.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Slothrust that nobody knows yet?
Slothrust: I braid Kyle’s hair while he is sleeping.
Thank you Slothrust, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout