Slow Pulp's remarkable full-length debut Moveys is a testament
to hard-fought personal growth. In the process of making their
new record, the Chicago-based indie rock band powered
through health challenges, personal upheaval, and a pandemic,
all while learning how to be better songwriters and friends. Full
of blistering energy and emotional catharsis, this compelling
10-track collection highlights the band's resourcefulness and
resilience to come together even when they were states away.
As the band was in the midst of finishing the album, Massey's
parents got in a severe car accident forcing her to pause
recording and return home to Madison and take care of them. A
week later, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. "I wasn't able to come
back to Chicago for a while. How were we going to finish this
apart from each other?" thought Massey. With Stoehr leading
engineering, mixing, and production duties, the band managed
to continue recording in an isolated, post-COVID world.
"Thankfully most instrumentals were already written. Alex and
Henry and I were all able to do that separately from a studio
space that we rent in Chicago," says Mathews. As Massey's
father Michael recovered from his injuries, the two worked on
completing her vocal takes from his home studio, sending them
to Stoehr for mixing. "Finishing this record was such a cool
thing to know that we were able to do it," says Stoehr.
Their made-up word "moveys" is multi-faceted for Slow Pulp. It
is an invitation to dance. It is a wink at the cross-country nature
of the album's songwriting process, while the bandmates were
literally on the move touring, sheltering in place, and going
through major life changes. But, mostly, it's an inside joke.
Listening to these warm, dynamic and welcoming songs, it's
easy to feel like you're a part of it too