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Salad Days Magazine | May 26, 2024

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NC’s Totally Slow release new single + video ‘Future Burns’

NC’s Totally Slow release new single + video ‘Future Burns’
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Features backing vocals by Noelle Shuck from Shehehe, track will appear on band’s upcoming LP out in Spring 2024. For Fans Of: Hot Snakes, Dag Nasty, Pissed Jeans, War On Women.

Skate punk band Totally Slow infuses melodic hardcore with a creative surf vibe and a 90s basement punk ethos. Their music is a blend of razor-sharp hooks and left-leaning politics, delivered amidst a wall of guitars. Eddie Sanchez (Night!Night!, Solar Halos, The Love Language) has recently joined on bass, completing the current lineup which includes Andy Foster, Chuck Johnson, Scott Hicks. Having shared the stage with various acts, from Agent Orange to Laura Jane Grace to Man Or Astroman, they bring a diverse musical experience to their audience. In celebration of their fourth LP, the band unveils the melodic punk anthem ‘Future Burns’. Described by guitarist and vocalist Scott Hicks as “an existential field trip through the tortured mind of an omnipotent autocrat drowning under the weight of anxiety and obsolete tech,” the song serves as a sneak peek into their upcoming second LP with Ohio’s Refresh Records. The upcoming album was recorded at The Sandwich Shoppe with Scotty Sandwich. Features collaborations with Noelle from Shehehe and Sam from Man Or Astroman. Mastered by Mike Westbrook.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

April 6 – Chapel Hill NC with Teen Mortgage & Death Lens

May 4 – Greensboro NC LP Release Party at Flat Iron with Shehehe

May 16 – Richmond VA at Banditos with Night!Night! and Talk Me Off

May 17 – Washington DC at Rhizome with Night!Night! and Palladists

May 18 – Baltimore MD at Holy Frijoles with Night!Night! and Meth Rats

May 26 – Chapel Hill NC at Local 506 for JAWS Fest

Photo: Melanie Mae Bryan

‘Future Burns’ Lyrics:

through the confines
trying on the king’s shoes
fragile agony
we will try to see it through
your power absolutely
manifests as torture, too
a psychic paperweight
try to walk away
honesty is power
honestly, it’s dead weight
righteousness turned sour
no one else has
any restraint
On your soapbox
Level with the rank and file
Common interest
pandering the undefiled
It’s all a recipe
find yourself a guillotine
The huddled masses have no patience
And no energy
honesty is power
honestly, it’s dead weight
righteousness turned sour
no one else has
any restraint


After a series of livewire basement shows and sweaty van tours in several bands over the years, Scott Hicks and Andy Foster formed Totally Slow in 2013, releasing a self-titled LP of driving, catchy punk shortly after. After 2016 LP ‘Bleed Out’, they went into flux, speeding up their songs for the ‘Imperium’ EP and introducing guitarist Chuck Johnson (Torchrunner, Gut Feeling), then recalibrating their lineup. Now on Refresh Records, their third LP ‘Casual Drag’ featured a more collaborative approach to songwriting. Totally Slow offers up razor sharp, no-frills melodic hardcore, with angry lyrics that show how the personal is inseparable from the political when the country is on the brink of chaos. The band has combined the melodic anthems of 1980s SoCal bands like The Adolescents, Agent Orange, The Faction, with the skewed rawk of ‘90s San Diego bands Drive Like Jehu and Truman’s Water, and the righteous conviction of classic DC hardcore like Dag Nasty, Gray Matter, Fugazi.

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