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Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 09:55
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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.

Totally Slow's fourth LP 'The Darkness Intercepts will be released on March 22 via Refresh Records.

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.


The Darkness Intercepts track list:

  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