May 23, 2018

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. The North Carolina band has added a second guitarist who is pushing the band in a faster direction that matches the frantic mood of our times. Check out the way the seething opener “Inside Voice” erupts into high-speed skate punk, or the whoah-ohs that blast off “Other People.” There are three punk rippers, a sing-song alt rock cut, a garagey track with an organ, and an Articles Of Faith cover. I get the idea that Totally Slow are still refining their new sound, but they’re off to a promising start and I will keep playing this until they make a new LP. –Chris Terry (Self Aware,