Slowride photographed by Deep Elm


Hometown: Dallas, TX (USA)


If there's a sense that SLOWRIDE's third full length C / S was written with the express intent of invoking the deadly approach of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse...maybe that's because it was. Even the album's title – which means "con safos," or more simply translated "you can't fuck with this" – evokes an ominous warning of unquestioned respect. The sound here is undeniably heavy on the low end, tight–as–hell and downright impossible to shake. SLOWRIDE grinds out songs with a garage–rock intensity colliding with an anti–punk attitude of whip–smart precision – genuinely refreshing for a band who nevertheless embraces the latter's breakneck riffs and bittersweet melody. C / S' emphasis on precision and density make SLOWRIDE's unique dynamic boil with a tension that's almost tangible, and their penchant for the one–two punch – pummeling guitar / bass / drum onslaught followed by Dan Phillips' unforgettable knockout choruses – reverberates long after the last note is played. Produced by Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Jets To Brazil, The Walkmen).

"I guess third time really is the charm, as C / S is by far Slowride's best record yet. Building A Building was a great album that flowed from an alt–county sound to straight–up rock numbers; this time around they focus more (much more!) on the rock, but there is still much to Slowride's sound. Hook–laden, riff rockers the likes of stoner rock bands Mammoth Volume or Colour Haze, with heavy flashes of classic alt–rock: Husker Du, Screaming Trees, Dinosaur Jr., as well as current faves like ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and even Weezer. A total of twelve tracks consistently smacking you with riff after riff. Go ahead guys, I can handle it. Slowride has matured into an amazing rock band." – Feast Of Hate And Fear

"C / S from Dallas three–piece Slowride is a visceral, challenging listen, yet give it time to grapple its way into your subconscious and you'll be opening yourself up to a monumental slice of apocalyptical punk rock intelligence. C / S is an intense recording. Heavy on the low–end and spilling untidily from the camps of garage rock and bare–boned grunge, its mixture of hooks, melody and feedback is an intoxicating listen that shares similarities with peers as diverse and polar as Criteria, The Walkmen and Nirvana. From beginning to end C / S rarely falters in its flagrant intent of melding crunching riffage to the most featherlight of pop–scorched melodies. It's a loud, high–brow and soulful hybrid of punk rock values and pop sensibilities and will rightfully position Slowride as one of America's most delicious punk–rock outfits." – The Downloader

"Slowride has released their sophomore record, Building a Building, and the band has transitioned into a powerful, grinding punk rock outfit, convincingly reestablishing and reinventing their personal sound. The outcome is stunningly successful. Building A Building is full of powerful rock songs that convey a sense of passion and pleasure through a very dirty and gritty sound. Many may compare this to early Foo Fighters, but even Dave Grohl couldn't portray the same affection and conviction that Slowride have on this album. Building A Building stands alone, without any song overpowering another, exemplifying unification and harmony. For Slowride, the sophomore slump was merely a time of fine–tuning. With their polished and extremely powerful approach, Slowride has made a wonderfully enjoyable record." – Tiny Mix Tape

"Building A Building is a barnstormer of a record that flat out rocks. Slowride kick it in a straight ahead style reminiscent of the first two Foo Fighters albums, with no frills yet still powerful fist pumping guitar riffage tempered by the melodic vocal stylings of singer Dan Phillips. With Building A Building this Texas trio have masterfully bottled the art of the one–two punch: rock 'em in the gut with some primal roar, then hook 'em cross the jaw with melody aplenty to keep the birds whistling while they spin around your head. Raw, determined and soulful, Building A Building is a rare treat and is well worth the price of admission." – Ear Pollution

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