The Sloths

The Sloths

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandRockPunk

THE SLOTHS: born on the Sunset Strip in 1965. An original GaragePunk band. Played w/ The Doors, Love, Animals,... Recorded MAKIN' LOVE which was refused airplay in the 60s. Rediscovered in 2011 when Makin' Love sold for $6550 on eBay. The band is back playing 60s garagepunk classics and orginals.

Biography

1965. Five boys, ages 15 to 17, stepped onto the stage of the legendary PANDORA’S BOX on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.
THE SLOTHS were born.
Most were students at Beverly Hills High School, others were dropouts. They rehearsed in their parents’ garages playing the music of The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Them, The Who, and the rhythm & blues musicians who had inspired those groups; Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters.
The Sloths played virtually every venue in Hollywood; The Palladium, The Stratford, Sea Witch, The Hullabaloo, Bito Lidos, The Galaxy, and The Whiskey. They shared the bill with The Doors, Love, Iron Butterfly, The Seeds, The Electric Prunes and British icons Pink Floyd and The Animals.
THE SLOTHS recorded two original songs for Impression Records; ‘MAKIN’ LOVE’ and ‘YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME’. Taking the vinyl 45 themselves to local radio stations, ‘Makin’ Love’ was considered way too controversial for 1960s airplay. By the end of Summer 1966, the group disbanded. A few members joined other rock groups, the others left the music profession entirely.
Unbeknownst to them, during the 1980s, their record of MAKIN’ LOVE was discovered and added to a collection of garage band music entitled BACK FROM THE GRAVE. It was now covered by many bands including The Gories. By 2011, the scarce remaining copies of their 45rpm of MAKIN’ LOVE and YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME was selling on eBay for $6,550.00.
Hearing of this, rock fanzine UGLY THINGS decided to do an article this unique occurrence and wanted to solve the mystery of ‘Who Were The Sloths?’ Editor Mike Stax tracked down original guitarist JEFF BRISKIN. Ironically at same time, Mike Dugo of 60sgarageband.com found bassist MIKE RUMMANS. Slowly others were found… STEVE DIBNER then DON SILVERMAN. Sadly, singer HANK DANIELS and drummer SAM KAMRASS had passed away.
Now for the first time in almost 45 years the guys rejoined other 1960s Sunset Strip rock musicians and…
THE SLOTHS were re-born.
The Sloths are performing their garage punk set list in the exact 'show band style' as they did in 1966.
Their original single MAKIN’ LOVE has just been re-released on vinyl.
Over the last six months they've headlined at Mr. Ts, The Bullet/Hollywood Studio Bar, Johnny Whiteside's MessAround, Los Globos, The Eleven in San Diego, Rockit in San Francisco, The Stork Club in Oakland, among others. THE SLOTHS are MIKE RUMMANS (bass guitar), JEFF BRISKIN (guitar), DAVID PROVOST (guitarist), JOSE RENDON (drums), & TOM McLOUGHLIN (lead singer).

Discography

Makin' Love
You Mean Everything to Me