NC’s Totally Slow Release New Single “Pistol Whip” Featuring Backing Vocals By Sam Paulsen

NC’s Totally Slow offers up razor sharp, no-frills punk music, with angry lyrics that show how the personal is inseparable from the political when the country is on the brink of chaos. The band has combined the melodic anthems of 1980s SoCal bands like The Adolescents, Agent Orange and The Faction, with the skewed rawk of ’90s San Diego bands Drive Like Jehu and Truman’s Water, and the righteous conviction of classic DC hardcore like Dag Nasty, Gray Matter and Fugazi.

Eddie Sanchez (Night!Night!, Solar Halos, The Love Language) has recently joined on bass, completing the current lineup which includes Andy Foster, Chuck Johnson, and Scott Hicks.

Having shared the stage with various acts, from Agent Orange to Laura Jane Grace to Man or Astroman, they bring a diverse musical experience to their audience.

Totally Slow’s fourth LP ‘The Darkness Intercepts will be released on March 22 via Refresh Records.
https://refr.sh/darknessintercepts
https://totallyslow.bandcamp.com/album/the-darkness-intercepts
https://www.refreshrecs.com/products/778444-totally-slow-the-darkness-intercepts

Album Track Listing:

  1. Crosshairs
  2. Sins At My Back
  3. The Lost Art Of Shutting Up
  4. Future Burns
  5. Corrupted
  6. Kookslam
  7. Pressing Charges
  8. Pistol Whipped
  9. Western Glenwood
  10. Motorshed
  11. F Is For Genius

Guitarist and vocalist Scott Hicks says “We wanted to find a more dynamic balance for this record. The track order wasn’t taken lightly and there are lot of interesting samples and between-song transitions that I hope folks can find the time to receive fully as a whole piece. “Pistol Whip” is a tone-switch, and brings the BPM down a bit. The intensity level is still peaking but it still feels like breathing space – with lyrics conveying that we live inside of chaos and trying to find some peace in accepting the intractable nature of “being”. So it’s a sonic break and really an emotional break as well.

Sam Paulsen is one of my favorite people and musicians, so it was rad that she happened to visit when we were deep in the recording process. She sings backup on several songs and threw down some completely bonkers guitars on “Motorshed”. We’re always excited to collaborate and have our records include important people from our little community of like-minded artists and I love Sam so as far as I’m concerned she can be on any record I make in perpetuity”.

‘The Darkness Intercepts’ was recorded at The Sandwich Shoppe with Scotty Sandwich. Features collaborations with Noelle from Shehehe and Sam from Man or Astroman. Mastered by Mike Westbrook.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
April 6 – Chapel Hill NC with Teen Mortgage & Death Lens
May 4 – Greensboro NC LP Release Party at Flat Iron with Shehehe
May 16 – Richmond VA at Banditos with Night!Night! And Talk Me Off
May 17 – Washington DC at Rhizome with Night!Night! And Palladists
May 18 – Baltimore MD at Holy Frijoles with Night!Night! And Meth Rats
May 26 – Chapel Hill NC at Local 506 for JAWS Fest

‘Pistol Whip’ Lyrics:
can’t save anyone from the world
There is nowhere else to take them
We don’t drive
We just ride
Absent sense of dramatic timing
You are not an exorcist
Just an observationist
So use your fist
Pistol whipped
Thump your chest till the fragments shake you down
Take you down
Snuff your history out
Burn your family down
You do not deserve this
You do not deserve this world
You are not an exorcist
Cryptic pre-contortionist
So do your best
Pistol whipped
Bend yourself till your ego hits the ground
You do not deserve this
You do not deserve this world

After a series of livewire basement shows and sweaty van tours in several bands over the years, Scott Hicks and Andy Foster formed Totally Slow in 2013, releasing a self-titled LP of driving, catchy punk shortly after. Razorcake Magazine called the ten-song debut “well planned and masterful,” saying that the debut “…goes off without a hitch. It’s perfect.”

After 2016 LP Bleed Out’s “powerful, pedal-to-the-metal pop” (the kind folks at Razorcake again), Totally Slow went into flux, speeding up their songs for the Imperium EP and introducing guitarist Chuck Johnson (Torchrunner, Gut Feeling), then recalibrating their lineup. Now on Refresh Records, their third LP ‘Casual Drag’ featured a more collaborative approach to songwriting.

Totally Slow offers up razor sharp, no-frills melodic hardcore, with angry lyrics that show how the personal is inseparable from the political when the country is on the brink of chaos. The band has combined the melodic anthems of 1980s SoCal bands like The Adolescents, Agent Orange and The Faction, with the skewed rawk of ’90s San Diego bands Drive Like Jehu and Truman’s Water, and the righteous conviction of classic DC hardcore like Dag Nasty, Gray Matter and Fugazi.

Totally Slow has shared stages with the likes of Man or Astro-man?, Agent Orange and many others.
Band: https://linktr.ee/totallyslow
Label: https://refreshrecs.com