What kind of music would you expect to hear from a band called Slothpop? Slow, chugging stoner metal? Woozy dream folk a la Beach House? A severely drugged up Britney Spears? Luckily for Indianapolis music, the real Slothpop sounds nothing like these possibilities; instead, Slothpop creates unique, layered soundscapes that draw the listener in with sophisticated musicianship and intimate, beautiful vocals. One of the rising stars in Indianapolis, Slothpop is a one of a kind musical force in a city more known for it’s hardcore and metal roots than its dreamy, percussive pop music.
|Video of Slothpop performing “Sailing Bird” live in Indianapolis|
Slothpop is the brainchild of Indianapolis native Kristin “Sloth” Newborn, a 23 year old musician who’s traveled all over the world. Newborn’s roots are in Indy, where she began playing music at age 3, learning to play songs by ear on her mother’s piano. As she grew older, she developed her style and began writing her own songs at age 10. The budding songwriter graduated from North Central High School in 2005, after which she decided to see a bit more of the world. She lived for a while in Japan and Germany, eventually ending up in Los Angeles. When Los Angeles proved to be a poor site for her music, Newborn migrated back to Central Indiana, where she formed Slothpop in the summer of 2009.
|Video of Slothpop performing “One” live in Indianapolis|
Though most of Slothpop’s material is written by Newborn, each member of the Indianapolis band has an influence on the sound. Upon her return to the Circle City, Newborn assembled a cast of musicians to bring her songs to their full potential. Newborn leads the band on vocals, guitar, and keys, Lauen Eison does background vocals and violin, Dan Zender noodles around on lead guitar, Jeffrey Vyain plays cello and bass, and Bryan Unruh keeps the mood and provides atmosphere on drums. Emily Richardson of Mardelay even played with Slothpop for a period.
|Video of Slothpop performing “Joker” live in Indianapolis|
Since their debut in 2009, Slothpop has quickly snagged the attention of Indianapolis media. NUVO Newsweekly did a brief description of the band during their performance at Locals Only Art and Music Pub with sludge psych rockers Burnt Ones in February of 2010, in which the writer describes their sound as “indie rock with a taste for classical accoutrements, in the vein of Andrew Bird and Animal Collective.” Metromix did a feature interview with Slothpop in January of 2010, even putting the burgeoning band on the front cover. My Old Kentucky Blog, an Indianapolis blog that deals with underground Indianapolis music, said that Newborn “certainly could lay a claim to having one of the most pure and wonderful voices in the Indy indie music scene.” It’s amazing how much press Slothpop has received in such a short time, but their music has got everyone in downtown Indianapolis on the edge of their seats waiting for a proper full length.
|Video of Slothpop performing “Erase/Rewrite” live in Indianapolis|
Slothpop has been seen multiple times at various Indianapolis music venues and Indianapolis bars, part of the reason for their rising popularity. Their aforementioned show at Locals Only with Burnt Ones was a big step for the band, but they’ve also played at The Melody Inn, Radio Radio, the Vollrath Tavern, Earth House Collective, Birdy’s Bar & Grill, LUNA Music (for Record Store Day), and many more. Currently, the band is working on a full length down in Nashville, something hotly anticipated by Indianapolis people.
Though Slothpop‘s Kristin Newborn claims to be slow about producing new things, her leisurely pace hasn’t hurt the band at all; rather, her uninhibited, detail oriented way of creating music has lead to one of the fastest rising stars in the Indianapolis music scene. Keep an eye on Slothpop; they’ll likely be headlining major Indianapolis festivals and massive venues like the Verizon Wireless Music Center, Conseco Fieldhouse, and The Vogue before too long, and hopefully they’ll continue to evolve the layered, intricate sound that brought them to prominence in the first place.
For more information on Slothpop, including links to Indianapolis media interviews and reviews, videos, song samples, news, and more, visit the band’s homepage.
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