Brooklyn’s Slow Fiction have gradually gained acclaim and local notoriety after releasing a slew of stellar singles in 2022 (including as double A-side, “The Cut” / “Niagara,” and standalone tracks, “Nameless Harm” and “International Cherry“). In turn, the band has been found on bills all over the city, performing alongside acts such as Sports Team, Girl Skin (with whom they toured last spring), Native Sun, The Wants (mem. Bodega), Thus Love, Dead Tooth, and more, in addition to making an appearance at last year’s New Colossus Festival (view the Paste live session).
Now, Slow Fiction is finally sharing a full-length project, their debut self-titled EP, Slow Fiction, out now via all DSPs. Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, The Drums, Snail Mail, Mannequin Pussy) mixed and mastered the project, helping the band carve out a sound that calls upon the garage rock greatness of the early aughts.
As vocalist Julia Vassallo wrote of their new release: “These songs are a culmination of the past two years of our group’s coalescence. We’ve felt a need to explain ourselves in a larger context, and this is our first chance to do it. There are characters throughout the EP that every person has either related to, loved, or hated at some point in their lives. I’ve always loved the quote that ‘good art should make you laugh and cry’ but what about the feeling when you’re crying and laughing at the same time?”
Leading up to the full drop, Slow Fiction shared two singles, “Top 10 Movie Scenes” and “In the distance, where it doesn’t matter.” Now, as the full EP is released, the band shines a spotlight on the EP’s focus track, “Jericho.”
“This track is fueled by tension and a persona that is utterly heinous and toxic,” Vassallo wrote. “The character we hear throughout the song could be your own conscience, your worst enemy, or both. The battle of Jericho is the struggle of determining how to tell the truth without the walls crumbling down.”
Stay tuned for more from Slow Fiction, coming later this year, and listen to their debut EP, out now via all DSPs.
With a “late 90s/early oughts rock tinge with a bit more edge” (Alt Citizen), Slow Fiction is a synthesis of fervent musicianship and honest lyricism. When chaos becomes the norm, people are left with unbridled emotions, hearts full of tension, and a need for expression. A result of living in a time when expecting the unexpected is ordinary, the band has drawn from their influences and environment to create something that is both inspired and uniquely theirs.
After moving from New Jersey, Oregon, and Virginia, band members Julia Vassallo (vocals), Joseph Skimmons (guitar), Paul Knepple (guitar), Ryan Duffin (bass), and Akiva Henig (drums) came together in New York City in March of 2021 via Craigslist ads and mutual friends. Their early months were spent playing shows around New York before releasing their first 4 singles nearly a year after the band’s conception. Following a tour of the East Coast in the spring of 2022, the band settled in Brooklyn, where they shifted their focus to evolving their sound and solidifying their identity as a band. Since then, Slow Fiction has been busy writing and recording their self-titled EP, which is slated to release in the early months of 2023.
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