Greensboro, NC’s Totally Slow Debut New Track/Video “Found Factions”
New Album ‘Casual Drag’ To Be Released June 4
For Fans Of: Unwound, Drive Like Jehu, Jawbox, Hot Snakes, Jawbreaker, Adolescents, Gray Matter, Good Riddance
“….finds the middle ground between Adolescents’ snotty SoCal punk and the harder sounds of DC post-hardcore, and it manages to induce nostalgia and feel fresh and urgent all at once.” – Brooklynvegan
Stream “Found Factions” the new single from Greenboro, NC’s Totally Slow here:
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/buR-p-j6pvU
Apple Music: https://refr.sh/foundfactions-am
“Found Factions happened in a creative burst I had between making new inspiring connections with very talented friends and making some tough existential decisions about how we wanted to move forward with this band. We work a lot with open D-string riffs and an octave chorded two-guitar attack that bands like Adolescents and Fugazi championed when I was a kid. Lyrics about self-inflicted isolation and happily shrinking your social circle as time goes on – didn’t need a pandemic to get down with that.” – Scott Hicks (vocalist/guitarist)
Pre-order the upcoming album ‘Casual Drag’ here: https://refr.sh/casualdrag
Totally Slow has also just been added to The Fest 19, taking place this fall in Gainesville, FL.
Single Cover Art
In punk, a genre that prizes burning fast and bright, it’s rare for a band to make it to their third album. Greensboro, North Carolina’s Totally Slow have arrived at theirs with renewed energy, a revamped lineup, and an inspired, collaborative songwriting process, resulting in Casual Drag, their sharpest collection of melodic hardcore anthems yet.
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 introduces bassist Kate Weigand (Saucer) and a more collaborative approach to songwriting. Inspiration struck when this new lineup gelled, and the band that you hear on Casual Drag plays with a collar-clutching urgency that represents the vision of this new collective of people.
On Casual Drag’s ten streamlined songs, you’ll hear 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. For this bracing album, Totally Slow 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. Not only does Totally Slow burn bright, on Casual Drag, they also feed the fire.
Totally Slow is Scott Hicks, Chuck Johnson, Kate Weigand, and Andy Foster.
All songs by Totally Slow. Lyrics written by Scott Hicks.
Recorded and mixed by Kris Hilbert at Legit Biz.
Mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering.
Cover art concept by Ron Liberti.
Album layout by Chuck Johnson.
What others have written about Totally Slow:
“These ten songs are so well planned and masterful that you might miss their genius. This debut goes off without a hitch. It’s perfect. ” – Razorcake
“The spectrums and voids may be too much for some folks. It takes a hell of an artist to get better as they burn, but Totally Slow show us it happens.” – Post Trash
“Totally Slow revel in a messy, over blown dynamic. Taking the volume and melody from Dinosaur Jr. and adding the fractured chaos of Sonic Youth, the band waivers on that blade between punk and alt-rock. If the later day SST stuff was actually good, it would probably sound like this.” – Punk News
“Ever wake up in the morning, check the news, then flip over and scream into your pillow? What if you screamed into a microphone instead? Try it and you might get Totally Slow’s new EP. ” – Razorcake