Chicago-via-Madison band Slow Pulp have shared Doubt, the new single lifted from their forthcoming album and ANTI- debut, ‘Yard,’ out September 29th.
Following lead single Slugs – which “was made for that hazy and sweet late summer crush” (NYLON) – Doubt is taunting and upbeat, a track about begging someone to validate your insecurities. “In my process to fight against self-deprecation, I found this strange new pattern popping up where I fished for critiques from others,” says lead singer Emily Massey. “I wanted people close to me to validate the things I hated about myself. Self-doubt had found a home in me, it felt safer to stay in this familiar negative space than to like myself. I thought if others shared that with me I wouldn’t have to do the work to change.” On ‘Yard,’ Slow Pulp tackles the process of becoming comfortable with yourself – a balancing act with learning to trust, love, and lean on others. Building upon the sticky hooks and dreamy rock seen across their discography, Doubt is evident of Slow Pulp aiming bigger than ever before. Watch the visualizer for new single Doubt via YouTube below.
Through listless guitar, weepy americana, a raw-to-the-bone piano ballad, and belt-along worthy pop-punk, ‘Yard’ is a lightning-in-a-bottle synthesis of what has made Slow Pulp one of the most beloved indie groups in recent memory. In many ways, their success is rooted in their decade-plus long friendships. Guitarist/producer Henry Stoehr and drummer Teddy Mathews attended elementary school together in Madison, and met bassist Alex Leeds through a local music program. Massey entered the fold in college, and the group’s early work quickly gained traction across YouTube channels and blogs. In 2018, the band relocated to Chicago; and, by 2019, they were on the road with Alex G, crafting their debut full-length record, ‘Moveys’.
Like they did for ‘Moveys,’ Massey recorded vocals with her dad, Michael, in his small home studio. “Working together we can be very honest with each other in a way that I wouldn’t be able to do with a stranger or a producer that’s not my family,” says Massey. “He already has so much context for what the songs are about, knowing my life so intimately. He is able to be very direct, saying things I often don’t want to hear but need to hear. I think it often leads to getting the best takes out of me.”
Within Slow Pulp, trust between members is evident in the playful collaboration that remains core to their creative process. Across ‘Yard,’ they nestle comfortably into pockets of nuance, impressions, contradictions – sonics and lyrics finessed together to bottle the specific tension of a feeling you’ve never quite been able to find the right words for. Perhaps this spawns from the band’s own shared history and chemistry; in various ways, the four of them grew up – are still growing up – together.
‘Yard’ track list
6. Carina Phone 1000
Later this fall, Slow Pulp will embark on a EU/UK tour. A full list of dates is below and tickets are on sale now.
Slow Pulp UK / EU Tour Dates 2023
Wed Nov 29 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Thu Nov 30 – Jimmy’s, Liverpool, UK
Fri Dec 01 – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, UK – SOLD OUT
Sat Dec 02 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin, IR
Mon Dec 04 – YES (Basement), Manchester, UK
Tue Dec 05 – Strange Brew, Bristol, UK
Wed Dec 06 – The Garage, London, UK
Thu Dec 07 – The Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
Sat Dec 09 – Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam, NL
Sun Dec 10 – TRIX, Antwerp, BE
Mon Dec 11 – L’International, Paris, FR
Wed Dec 13 – Badehaus Szimpla, Berlin, DE
Thu Dec 14 – Conne Island, Leipzig, DE
Fri Dec 15 – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, DE
Sat Dec 16 – Gleis 22, Munster, DE