Slothrust - Show Me How You Want It To Be

by Steve Ricciutti Rating:8 Release Date:2017-11-10
Slothrust - Show Me How You Want It To Be
Slothrust - Show Me How You Want It To Be

Boston alternative rock band Slothrust’s latest is a covers album featuring half a dozen songs from a host of genres. The title Show Me How You Want It To Be, is based on a line from one of the songs, a brilliant take on Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time.” The band turns the mega-hit, teen pop anthem into a sultry, bluesy lament, thanks in large part to singer/guitarist Leah Wellbaum’s deep, smoldering voice and stinging guitar solo.

On the whole, the EP is far more hit than miss, with my only complaint being in the covering of Al Green’s r & b classic “Let’s Stay Together.” The band tries for a ballad interpretation, but Wellbaum’s voice seems ill-fit for what they try to pull off. With literally millions of songs to choose from, a tepid version of a cover song is a no-no, especially given how well they do the other five, not to mention the diverse range of influences the band frequently sites in interviews.

A cover of Marcy Playground’s one-off hit “Sex and Candy” is amusing with a grungier edge, a jazzy, soulful solo highlights a low-key turn on Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” and a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” is a sludgily faithful rendition of one of Sabbath’s deeper cuts. The most fascinating take, however, is a cover of The Turtles’ “Happy Together,” which starts off in straight homage before the band bludgeons the chorus with increasingly more savage scream-o assaults. This powerful cover makes it not only the most original rendering of the half dozen, but also the highlight of the EP.

Touring most of this year, Show Me How You Want It To Be is a nice release to bridge the gap between touring and recording new material. It’s both a nice treat for long time fans and a great introduction to a talented band.

Overall Rating (1)

5 out of 5 stars