We are very happy to premiere 'Inside Voice' by North Carolina’s Totally Slow. The song is taken off the band's upcoming EP 'Imperium', which will be out on March 16 via Self Aware/Bitter Melody Records (pre-order here).
Vocalist/guitarist Scott Hicks (vocals/guitar) about the record's theme and the song:
The theme of the record is the control we cede in the interest of comfort, and the subsequent power vacuum that is left to be filled by someone else. 'Inside Voice' is the familiar story of someone who gave up so much they don't have any "self" left.
Totally Slow’s members are all veterans of Piedmont’s fertile underground punk scene, cutting their teeth in beloved local bands like Eagle Bravo, Rights Reserved and Torch Runner. They formed in Greensboro in 2012, and now feature drummer Andy Foster, bassist Greg Monroy, guitarist Chuck Johnson, and guitarist/vocalist Scott Hicks, who describes their outlook as, “The devil on one shoulder shooting spitballs at the angel on the other.”
This duality shines through in Totally Slow’s canny balance of melody and bluster, aligning them with early alternative rock like Hüsker Dü, and irreverent pop-punk like Toys That Kill. In 2018, their longtime label Self Aware is releasing the “Imperium” EP (along with Bitter Melody Records), which Hicks says, “...goes above and beyond what the last LP did in terms of speed and screaming about politics. It just feels right, given the world we’re living in.
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Feb 23 @ Radio Room (Greenville, SC) w/ Irata
Feb 24 @ Indah Coffee (Columbia, SC) w/ Irata
Mar 21 Pour House (Raleigh, NC) w/ Agent Orange
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April 14 @ Pinhook (Durham, NC)
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