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"Slowlands - EP Review"

This band from Long Island shows a lot of promise with their short playing EP. With the guitar jangle of Modest Mouse & Pavement, Slowlands is sure to do big things in the future. - Under The Volcano

"Slowlands - EP Review"

LISTEN TO THIS BAND OR I WILL EAT YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN. Slowlands is by far the coolest and most original thing I have heard in the past two years and if you ignore them, you are missing something that is new and wholly amazing. I would be willing to stake my reputation on this band’s success. If you only download one thing I suggest, ever, let it be this. There are three on the site. Listen to them all. I repeat, LISTEN TO SLOWLANDS. Here, I will say it again. LISTEN TO SLOWLANDS. -

"May 2006"

Because I’m not nearly as cool as I should be, I hadn’t heard of
Slowlands until it was about two days too late to include them in the
big music feature you just read. (You did read it, right?) I’d say
there’s always next year, but I imagine it’ll be far too late by then,
and they’ll be well on their way to world domination. Or at least,
like, Blog-World domination if there’s even a fucking difference
anymore. They’re from Brooklyn, and while I’ve yet to hear their
full-length, I’m seriously obsessed with the few tracks that are
floating around the internet. They almost do the Interpol thing every
now and then, but they’re far more interesting and their influences
apparently far more diverse, to the point where they’re damn near
impossible to describe. Think Destroyer mixed with some Talking Heads.
And think about going to see them at the Mercury Lounge on 5/19 - The L Magazine

"Slowlands - Live Review"

Slowlands may utilize familiar songwriting devices, but their arrangement and execution create a distinctly compelling sound. Finger picked acoustic guitars and Josh Kolenik's lullaby tenor are joined by an occasionally tom-heavy, slinky rhythm section. Verses are colored by warm atmospheric guitars, glockenspiels, cinematic synths, sample pads and keyboards. Songs build gradually, tease you into expecting an all out assault before receding back to guitar and voice for a symmetrically gentle outro. -


EP - 2004 - The Prince

LP - 2006 - "Never Was There a Town"


Feeling a bit camera shy


Slowlands is a young country. It was born in the cracks of a wooden table, under an electric fireplace in a Long Island basement. It grew up under an overpass in the wilds of Brooklyn. And now it invades the neighboring cities, towns and village, putting together a group of dedicated listeners as they release their debut album, “Never Was There a Town.”

How do you describe the sound of an entire nation? Well not with words, but with widescreen pictures, comic book sound effects and xylophone rattles. They find their cultural identity in the films of Terrance Malick, the narratives of Frank Miller and the language of Dylan Thomas. They have tightly woven together their flag, and wave it in the form of “Never Was There a Town.” Recorded over the course of a year, the album was shaped by the hands of Shane Stoneback, a South Dakotan with a gift for bluntness and objectivity, in the halls of the Brill Building, once a mecca for songsmiths in New York’s Tin Pan Alley. Employing extra musicians (cello, keyboards, glockenspiel!) they have attempted to channel the energy of old ghosts of Tin Pan Alley into both widescreen landscapes and tiny, simple songs.

The number of Slowlands inhabitants is a healthy six. Josh Hayden Kolenik (guitar/vocals) spent two years in Boston and Los Angeles bedrooms with a four track and a tambourine, before he ultimately moved back to the Slowlands of New York. There he called his childhood friend, Joe Baptista (bass), and worked on some demos. One night, Kolenik tried to call the orthodontist, dialed a wrong number and happened into conversation with a guitarist, Ryan Heyner, who had played in bands all around NY. Three hours later, he agreed to join the band. After a year of songwriting, recording at an insect repellent warehouse and running through drummers, the band found Nick Brzoza, banging spoons to a Curtis Mayfield song by himself at a booth in an all night diner. Recently, Jeff Curtin & Eric Hirsch have come aboard to help flesh out the sound w/ keyboards, samplers, & percussion. It seems Slowlands has reached its ideal population.

This fall, Slowlands sent ambassadors to the CMJ Music Marathon and Pop Montreal, hoping to establish some new spheres of influence. In the past, they’ve played shows with Rahim, We Are Scientists, & Sound Team, and just played the Gothamist Movable Hype show. With the release of “Never Was There a Town” & the tour to follow, Slowlands will be making new allies in the crooked corners & hidden highways of the land.