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The self-produced debut album from indie-rock four-piece Slow PulpEmily Massey (vocals/guitar), Henry Stoehr (guitar), Alex Leeds (bass) and Teddy Mathews (drums)—may as well have been written and recorded in another lifetime. The Madison-bred, Chicago-based band began work on their first full-length last spring, and they redirected their efforts after Massey was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease and chronic Mono; her newfound focus on self-care dovetailed with Slow Pulp fine-tuning their approach to song writing, parallel processes each rooted in accountability and communication.

Vulnerable yet defiant, ‘Moveys’ is ten moving tracks that are guitar driven with a real anthemic quality. Included is the powerful single ‘Idaho’ which is Massey’s account of overcoming her health struggles and finding self-acceptance when being constantly rejected by others:

“The diagnosis validated a lot of what I was feeling. I got tools for how to take care of myself better. The way that I internalize trauma is I will hold it in and not process it for a very long time, but writing songs is the one place where I can’t hide from myself. It just comes out whether or not I want it to or if I’m ready for it to. Figuring out how to write together, as a band, was like me learning how to take care of myself and learning how to communicate better.”

All kinds of bad things prefaced the making of Slow Pulp’s debut album Moveys: frontwoman Emily Massey parents endured a car crash—and then a global pandemic unfolded. Yet the songs that were birthed from these circumstances reverberate with sonic serenity and clarity. Lead single “Idaho” depicts a band reflecting and moving from darkness toward light; Massey’s voice is weightless while she sings the line “I’m losing all the while.” This sprawling ballad fuses indie rock with folk, which a lot of the albums seems to do. “At It Again” leans into indie rock, electrified and spinning from the beginning, and sticks out among the abundance of tamer songs it’s a burst of unrestrained frustration, and it’s refreshing.

Slow Pulp were often been categorized as “shoegaze,” and Moveys exhibits the Chicago band showing off their abilities in other realms. “Falling Apart” proves that they can create gorgeous, slow tracks that resemble Hovvdy or Lomelda; “Movey” showcases their desire for idiosyncrasy with upbeat keyboard effects celebrating the ending of a sad record. It can’t quite be summed up into a single genre, but it can be summed up as an evocative collection of songs that convey the ups and downs of being human. 

These new songs came together in earnest during the band’s fall 2019 tour alongside Alex G, but in March 2020, as they were finishing the album, Massey’s parents were injured in a serious car accident, requiring her to return home to Madison to care for them—soon after, the COVID-19 pandemic’s Stateside spread required her to stay there. The ensuing seven months of lockdown have distorted time almost beyond recognition. The band finished “Moveys” (its title, in part, a nod to the upheaval of its making) from afar, and it’s better than it has any right to be, a vividly realized debut with the bold, exploratory confidence of a mid-career release.

Many bands find it a struggle to gain attention and simply continue to exist in an environment that is so hostile to anyone other than acts with mainstream appeal and huge commercial backing. Indie rock quartet from Slow Pulp were facing these familiar problems the adjustments in Massey’s life led to a radical change in direction for the band and the sound of what has become their debut album ‘Moveys’.

Catch Slow Pulp playing UK shows during February 2021!

The ’90s are remembered for bringing us grunge and alternative music. The era, though, also gave us another great guitar-driven sound and that was sadcore. It was the perfect medium between the heaviness popularized by mostly Seattle-based bands and the dreamy, shoegaze that infiltrated the London music scene. The songs of Red House Painters, Galaxie 500, Mojave 3, and so on were not simply dazzling and intoxicating, but they told powerful stories and uplifting messages. Nearly thirty years later, sadcore is making a comeback thanks to bands like Slow Pulp.

For the past year, the Madison, Wisconsin-bred, Chicago-based quartet of Emily Massey (vocals/guitar), Alexander Leeds (bass), Theodore Mathews (drums), and Henry Stoehr (guitar) have made us contemplate our existence while enrapturing us. On “Falling Apart”, which was released earlier this year, they captured feelings of confusion, anger, and fear due to the chaos in this world. But just as they were about to join us in thinking all has ended, they peel back the curtains and let the light in on “At It Again”.

Like the aforementioned ’90s, sadcore bands, Slow Pulp deliver an unforgettable, dazzling number. While the guitars churn with grit and the rhythms pulse with urgency, Massey’s dreamy, embracing vocals take the track to the heavens. She tells us to keep our heads up and do our apart to be better people. To help make things around us better again. This band, too, gets better with every new release, which makes their debut album, Moveys, a must listen. It will be available in stores on October 9th via Winspear Records

Chicago band Slow Pulp’s debut album Moveys is out now and feels custom-built for the autumnal period. Emily Massey speaks direct to her mom on the the Alex G-esque “Track,” assuring her of a lifetime of love in her own lowkey but heartfelt way.

Shoegaze newbies Slow Pulp from Madison, Wisconsin The band are Emily Massey (vocals/guitar), Alexander Leeds (bass), Theodore Mathews (drums), and Henry Stoehr (guitar) – are gearing up to release their self-produced debut album, and have so far shared three standout singles in “At It Again”, “Idaho”, and last month’s “Falling Apart” .

This week they are sharing one more single from the upcoming record prior to its release, the soft and shimmering “Montana”.

Emily Massey says of the track:

“This song is about moving beyond defining myself in terms of my mental health. I’ve been working through this over the last couple of years and this song is a reflection of this process and where I am now. “Montana” was the first song we finished recording for the album.
Henry’s early demo was kind of heavy and distorted, and when we went to play it together for the first time, it came out a lot slower and cleaner. Our friend Willie Christianson wrote and recorded the slide guitar and harmonica parts.”

A testament to hard-fought personal growth, “Moveys” is a remarkable debut album made in remarkable times, as Slow Pulp powered through health challenges, personal upheaval, and a pandemic. The songs on Moveys took shape while on tour with Alex G in 2019, after the band scrapped an album’s-worth of material following Massey’s diagnosis with Lyme disease and chronic Mono. The obstacles only continued from there, as Massey’s parents were soon after in a severe car crash…one week before COVID-19 shut the country down. Full of blistering energy and emotional catharsis, this compelling 10-track collection highlights the band’s resourcefulness and resilience to come together during unthinkable time.

“Montana” is taken from ‘Moveys’ – out October 09th on Winspear Recordings: Slide guitar and harmonica by Willie Christianson

Slow Pulp’s remarkable full-length debut “Moveys” is a testament to hard-fought personal growth. In the process of making their new record, the Chicago-based indie rock band powered through health challenges, personal upheaval, and a pandemic, all while learning how to be better songwriters and friends. Full of blistering energy and emotional catharsis, this compelling 10-track collection highlights the band’s resourcefulness and resilience to come together even when they were states away.


Slow Pulp is Alexander Leeds, Emily Massey, Theodore Mathews, Henry Stoehr

All songs written and performed by Slow Pulp

From the album Moveys, releases October 9, 2020

Chicago-via-Wisconsin four-piece Slow Pulp recorded most of their “Big Day” EP in a cabin in Michigan. Music critics love to obsess over environment—where an album was recorded, how it was recorded and how the process was potentially affected by a space—and occasionally their assumptions about the music’s relationship to the landscape actually reflect reality. This, however, is one of those instances when a record sounds absolutely nothing like its origin grounds.

This four-song suckerpunch contains moments of ambience and noise, but never does Big Day resemble something Bon Iver made in the woods. It’s impressive because Slow Pulp— made up of Teddy Mathews, Alex Leeds, Henry Stoehr and Emily Massey, who joined later but who the band would absolutely be incomplete without don’t even have a full-length album out yet.

They barely have enough songs out in the world to equal an album tracklist, but they’re nonetheless one of the most exciting acts to emerge this year. “New Media,” a steady, shiny standout on the EP, is a classic taste of millennial jadedness. “I can’t seem to break the fence,” Massey sings. “Overacted in all my plans.” But when has exhaustion ever sounded this composed?

‘Big Day’ full EP by Slow Pulp is out now:

Tracklist : 1. Do You Feel It (00:00) 2. New Media (01:47) 3. High (04:58) 4. Young World (07:31)