Album Name: Of Course You Do
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Genre: Alternative Rock
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It’s okay to be a little unwell. It’s just par for the course nowadays. We’ve already shifted through different stages of emotions multiple times by now about the state of the world. But we’re still just holding on for the ride, doing the best we can to deal with it all. So smile at your neighbours, shrug defeatedly, and bob your head. “Of Course You Do” by Slothrust is simultaneously sullen and bubbly, and just heavy enough to take your mind off of things.
First things first, I want to point out that the title “Of Course You Do,” comes from a lyric in the third track “Crockpot.” It goes “I like cats, do you like cats? / Of course you do you sassy motherfucker.” It’s truly as if they kept the most banal part of that line and left the rest for us to gleefully discover later.
That gives us an idea of the attitude behind this record. “Of Course You Do” is kind of silly, but mostly it’s honest – There’s nothing flowery for the vulnerability to hide behind: “My stomach hurts, does your stomach hurt? / Do our stomachs hurt together?” Slothrust serves up a fresh slice of casual dysfunction for us to taste, flavoured with broken relationships, persistent flaws and quirky metaphor. And while through the angst you might be reminded of bands like Nirvana and Weezer, you’re not going to find any of the whininess that usually gets dragged along with the alt-rock genre.
Slothrust sticks with a minimal instrumental setup for this album (they’ve never been a huge budget band,) and the tone shifts using nothing but riffs and rhythm. They can bring the mood down and linger in a sentimental moment. Then they’ll unexpectedly wake it up with a raging headbanger interlude. Hey, these rapid shifts are kind of reminiscent of my mental state throughout 2020.
Why not join me on this grungy roller coaster while Slothrust reminds us to hold on for the ride and appreciate the dysfunction.