Celebrity Narrators releasing The Slowdown album, reveal 1st single “Digital Gold”

By on December 17, 2013

Celebrity Narrators is excited to announce its first release: the forthcoming sophomore full-length from The Slowdown, a 6-piece indie rock band from Kansas City, is slated for release on the newly-formed digital record label Celebrity Narrators in early 2014. The band just debuted the album’s first single and title track, the smooth synth-pop jam “Digital Gold”, which DIY Magazine calls “the poppiest and the most electronic the band have been; mixing scattershot riffs and TV On The Radio style synths. It’s a wickedly groovy slice of funk-rock…[with] angular riffs that are hooky enough to catch an entire family of salmon.”

Digital Gold follows up last year’s debut full-length, an epic 16-track album entitled A, which showcased powerful anthemic songs built around the voice of front man Sam Hoskins, which Hugh Welsh of The Pitch calls “a profound thing”. Around Hoskins’ vocals, the tracks expanded in the hands of three guitarists who executed smoothly-crafted songs with layered guitar work that didn’t get in its own way. While the debut was a riff-based, roots-inflected take on full-bodied rock – a combination of Jeff Tweedy, Jerry Cantrell, Jason Faulkner, and Jim James – The Slowdown has honed their varied influences and tightened their approach with this follow-up release, focusing their sound less on their rootsy beginnings and toward a more electronic and textured output

Brothers Sam Hoskins (vox, guitar) and Joe Hoskins (keys) got their start as members of rock/pop band Elevator Division (Second Nature Records), which Kansas City alt-weekly The Pitch anointed “one of the region’s best acts of the past decade.” The brothers formed The Slowdown with four friends, performing notable sets at SXSW in the Midcoast Takeover showcase and at Middle Of The Map Fest, and releasing their ambitious debut album last year, which received praise from Alternative Press, Magnet Magazine, The Vinyl District, Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine, Venture Mag, Ghettoblaster Magazine, Noise Violation, Uber Rock, Crash Music UK, 7 Bit Arcade, Pure Grain Audio, RothnRoll, and Truth or Sarah, among others

Members: Sam Hoskins (vox, guitar, drums, keys), Joe Hoskins (vox, keys), Josh Johnson (guitar), Austin Turney (guitar), Drew Little (drums), Jordan Smith (bass, vox)
“Digital Gold” single

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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.