Total Slacker Debuts “Super Big Gulp”

Total Slacker Premieres Video for "Super Big Gulp," Announce Tour w/ Bear Hands 'Slip Away' Out Now on Black Bell, Total Slacker play July 2 Pittsburgh, PA

Total Slacker has a thing for Olive Garden. It’s not just a passing interest or something—next time you talk to Tucker Rountree, their towheaded, lanky frontman, ask him about never-ending pasta bowls and Zuppa Toscana and unlimited breadsticks. He’ll tell you about his ongoing attempt to throw a rock ‘n’ roll show at a Queens Olive Garden, which culminated in a series of phone calls made to corporate centers, demanding answers to questions like: Do you understand the sociological effect that Olive Garden has had on Western culture since the 80s? What are the conceptual underpinnings behind breadsticks?

The band was incubated in New York City, after Tucker met bassist Emily Oppenheimer at a local Laundromat. The pair considered being in a band as an end goal in itself, and began their career without much direction or professionalism. The group released their lo-fi debut, Thrashin’, on Marshall Teller Records in 2011, earning a reputation as a vicious live act by playing more than 350 shows—which often feature flaming guitars, smoke machines, and smashed instruments—in under three years. In the wake of the album’s local success, the band was struck with tragedy following the death of their drummer, Terence Connor, who was struck by a hit-and-run in early October of 2012. They went into the studio within two months, laying down tracks that dealt with that confusion, transposing vague childhood angst into tangible, real-world issues.

Throughout the album’s 11 tracks, the quartet (rounded out by guitarist David Anthony Tassy and drummer Zoë Brecher) makes a potentially futile stab at a life lived in harmony with gargantuan multinational corporations. But don’t worry – recorded with care by Daniel Schlett (DIIV, the Men) at Strange Weather Studios in Brooklyn, Slip Away also features songs centered around the Kennedy assassination, ThighMasters, and fighting your babysitter’s boyfriend.

Slip Away Tracklisting

01. Satisfied
02. Who Killed Kennedy
03. Touch Yrself
04. Would If I Could
05. Out of Body Experience
06. Fight the Babysitter Boyfriend
07. Keep The Ships At Bay
08. See Right Through
09. Super Big Gulp
10. Thighmaster
11. Sometimes You Gotta Die

Tour Dates

07.02 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
07.03 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
07.05 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
07.06 – Boulder, CO – Dead Leaf (Total Slacker only)
07.07 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
07.08 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
07.09 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
07.11 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
07.15 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
07.20 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
07.21 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
07.22 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
07.24 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street

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