[Photo by acidjack]
Given how hard all artists toil at SXSW, it’s probably impossible to anoint one the “hardest working” band at the festival. But Brooklyn’s Slothrust have to be in the conversation, having toured their way down to SXSW, played a slew of shows, and toured all the way back to New York afterward. That they did it all with a kickass attitude, and without any lapse in their musicianship, tells you about the character of this band. We’ve been rooting for them since their record release show back in February, and the band we saw on stage at the Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy Showcase down in Austin validated all the good things we said about them then. Frontwoman Leah Wellbaum and her bandmates tore through an absolute firecracker of a set that showed off songs from their latest, Of Course You Do, as well as a searing cover of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral Fire” (streaming below). They weren’t afraid to stretch things out despite the festival-style time limits, and the long songs they delivered — especially “Magnets Pt. 1 and 2″ and the set closer, “Beowulf” were burners well worth the run time.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in the optimum position in the venue and a soundboard feed. As with our other recordings from this venue, the sound quality is limited slightly by the boomy nature of the room, but overall excellent. Enjoy!
Stream “7:30 AM”
Stream “Electric Funeral Fire” [Black Sabbath]
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Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase
Austin, TX USA
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Recorded and produced by acidjack
Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC)>KC5>PFA>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust image, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )
04 7:30 AM
06 Magnets Pt. 1 & 2
08 Electric Funeral Fire [Black Sabbath]