Frontman Sam Hoskins and keyboard player Joe Hoskins got their start as members of the regionally-renowned rock/pop band Elevator Division (Second Nature Records), which The Pitch anointed “one of the region’s best acts of the past decade.” Josh Johnson (guitar) & Jeremy Wilson (bass) have spent time behind the boards of numerous KC venues, not only learning the art of capturing the perfect stage mix and the science of blending tones and textures, but also observing the finer points of live performance (eg. never put one’s beer adjacent to one’s pedalboard). The band is rounded out by Austin Turney (guitar) and Drew Little (drums). With A, The Slowdown showcases powerful anthemic songs that build around the voice of Sam Hoskins, which is “a profound thing” according to Hugh Welsh of The Pitch. “At its zenith, it pulverizes like a wall of water…Sam’s voice detonates.” Around Hoskins’ vocals, the songs expand in the hands of three guitarists who execute smoothly-crafted songs with layered guitar work that doesn’t get in its own way. This December, the band is presenting their debut full-length album A, recorded at Earth Analog studios near Champaign, IL by Matt Talbott of Hum, mastered at the Blasting Room in Ft. Collins by Jason Livermore, mixed and engineered by Jeremy Wilson, and produced by The Slowdown.
“Driven by Sam Hoskin’s whispy vocals, atmospheric backing vocals, and constantly moving backbeat, with a heavy alternative but bluesy Jerry Cantrell-style guitar solo to top things off.” – Michelle Bacon (The Deli Magazine)