Sloucher, recently released a video for their new single “Perfect For You,” the first track on their debut album Be True. The video premiered on New Noise, and Clancy says the song is about “duality and conflicting emotions,” adding, “I always have to remind myself of the humor in my darkness in order to move on from it.” Be True is out November 16 on Swoon Records
The band began with Jay Clancy (Makeup Monsters, Cayucas, Hibou), a drummer looking to try his chops at writing his own songs. After trying his hand as a solo act, Clancy sought a more familiar format – he started a band. Clancy wrote the material that would become Sloucher’s 2016 debut EP, Certainty, and recruited a couple friends to help flesh out recordings – drummer Jack Hamrick and former The Globes guitarist Kyle Musselwhite. Two years later, the band’s reputation and sound have only grown – the band itself has quite literally grown, adding bassist Lance Umble (Telekinesis, Cumulus, Bod). They’ve landed opening slots for acts like Angel Olsen and Guided By Voices and opened the main stage at the 2017 Sasquatch! Music Festival. Those two years later, they’re releasing what they’re heralding as their first truly collaborative record, Be True, on November 16 via Swoon Records.
Last October, Sloucher holed themselves in Earwig Studios with engineer Don Farwell for 12 days – half of those days were spent on guitars alone. It was the longest either the band or Farwell had worked consecutively in the studio. The majority of the base tracks were done with the band all in the room together, a testament to their desire to make a record that reflected their live sound. The sessions became a marathon fueled by Cup Noodles, coffee, and Fernet; helping them push through their sonic experimentations with only minor cases of heartburn. Musselwhite says of the sessions, “After Certainty, we were interpreting the recordings that Jay made. We wanted to bring that new energy into Be True. In that process, I think we all realized we love playing loud and bringing more energy and gnarlier rock elements to it. We amped that up a lot.” The rigorous schedule paid off, from the methodical stomps and fuzz of opener “Blurring The Line” through the stark harmonics of the sprawling “Melodrama” and the breezy pop of the title track.
10/25: Neumos w/ Wild Powwers – Seattle, WA
10/27: Grandma’s House – Bellingham, WA
11/15: Sonic Boom Records @ 7:30pm – Seattle, WA
11/16: Easy Street Records @ 7pm – Seattle, WA
11/23: Barboza (record release show) – Seattle, WA
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