Just like any truly great band, Slow Mass is a bit of an anomaly. Using Nineties indie rock as a jumping-off point (a time when post-hardcore shared several strains of DNA with the genre), Slow Mass merges the adventurous spirit of bands like Unwound, Silkworm or U.S. Maple, heavier moments that lean into post-hardcore, and hints of indie acts a la Slint and Tortoise. Their latest LP On Watch (out now via LandLand) is an odd and compelling collection of tracks that will dazzle you with beauty and its propensity for left turns. If there is justice in this world, this record will end up on some End of Year lists.
The band's latest video is for "E.D." — an explosive and noisy track that dazzles as it pummels. The video — a simple set of tracking shots of a mysterious man in a mask — is a truly surreal affair that injects a bit of weirdness to mundane modern-life scenes: getting gas, grocery shopping, going to a show. Check that out above and catch them on tour early next year with Super Unison.
SLOW MASS / SUPER UNISON TOUR
01/12 Seattle, WA @ Highline^
01/13 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark^
01/14 Chico, CA @ Naked Lounge^
01/15 Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp^
01/16 Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records^%
01/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Union^
01/18 Tijuana, MX @ Lycanthropub^
01/19 San Diego, CA @ Space Bar^
^ w/ Super Unison
% w/ Kowloon Walled City