LP Stream: The Slow Death – ‘Punishers’

The Slow DeathMinneapolis grunge punks The Slow Death are streaming their new LP Punishers in full thanks to the good folks over at New Noise Magazine. Punishers is the band’s 3rd full length and dropped back on July 21st via Rad Girlfriend Records.

Check out the stream of Punishers here, and you can buy the LP here.



the slow death no heaven ep album art

The Slow Death

No Heaven EP

A.D.D Records

Rating: 4/5




Can punk rock be both barnstorming and angry? I didn’t necessarily think so, but after a single spin of Minneapolis punk rockers The Slow Death’s No Heaven EP, I am 100% convinced it can and does. Easily one of the best things I’ve heard this year (even though it came out in 2013), it may not break any ground musically, but the combination of whiskey worn vocals, gritty guitars and enough hooks to empty the grand banks with all with come together in an insanely fierce package. Lyrically it goes to some pretty dark places, isolation, alienation and anger all feature heavily and in A Little Less Ugly the band have written one of my favourite songs of the year, all chugging guitar riffs riding atop a tsunami of heavy bass and drums – reminiscent of London punk n rollers The Loyalties (a band who made one of my albums of 2013). Extra points for rhyming Fucking lame with Crying Shame.

The title track is frenetic, chaotic and comes closest to capturing the band’s undoubted live energy. Nowhere Left To Sleep, a social commentary about homelessness that doesn’t preach, but instead pulls you in and dares you not to sing along. On Your Own kicks off with a classic 70’s street punk riff and sees the band channel their internal Guns n Wankers (don’t we all have one of those?). Raise Your Head Up takes a more positive approach lyrically, encouraging us to dig ourselves out of the mire of life and yes, you guess it, raise our heads up. Breathin’ is another classic street punk anthem, featuring the depressing chorus we might as well as stop breathin’, and nobody seems to care, but then it doesn’t matter because you’ll be too busy fist pumping to notice. Brilliant stuff.

I’m not sure how I missed this band to date, but No Heaven is definitely one of the best things I’ve heard in a while and the rumoured full length follow up will be one to anticipate with great excitement. Excellent band, Excellent EP. Go see this band if they hit your town.

The Slow Death UK Tour

10404014_705570566171475_3513508892714640896_oMinneapolis punks The Slow Death have announced a short UK tour alongside Derbyshire street punks Epic Problem. The band are still out supporting their 2013 full length No Heaven which can currently be streamed on the Rad Girlfriend Records bandcamp page.

Full dates below:

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Stream: The Slow Death – Breakdown

The Slow DeathScene Point Blank is streaming a new track from The Slow Death called Breakdown

The song comes from the upcoming split between The Slow Death and The Brokedowns. The 7″ will be released digitally on October 28 and on vinyl the following weeks. Those heading to The Fest will be able to pick up a physical copy early. 

The track can be heard here. 


Stream: The Slow Death – No Heaven

Slow DeathJust in time for their appearance at this year’s Fest 12 in Gainesville, we`re pleased to bring you a full album stream from Minneapolis’ he Slow Death.

For those of you who don’t know, The Slow Death is a super group of sorts  featuring Jesse Thorson (Pretty Boy Thorson), Annie Sparrows (The Soviettes), Logan Stang (The Turkletons), Paddy Costello (Dillinger Four), Mikey Erg (of The Ergs) Dave Straight, Jonny C, and Dan Jensen.  The band released their debut LP “Born Ugly, Got Worse” in 2011 on Kiss of Death Records.

Their album, No Heaven, is available from Rad Girlfriend Records.

Listen to the record here and pre-order it here.

Red Scare Announces “Summer of 7’s”

Red Scare RecordsChicago based record label Red Scare Industries has announced that it will be released three new 7″ records this summer from five of its artists. 

The first will be a split from Dan Andriano of The Alkaline Trio and Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms,the second will a split between The Brokedowns and The Slow Death, and finally a four-song EP from Elway. It is their first new material since their debut, Delusions, last year.

No word on official release dates yet.

Tours: The Slow Death (Ft. Dillinger Four, Ergs, Soviettes)

Slow DeathMinneapolis, Minnesota’s The Slow Death, which features Jesse Thorson, who is joined by punk heroes Paddy Costello (Dillinger Four), Mikey Erg (The Ergs), Annie Sparrows (The Soviettes) and Jonny C, have announced dates for a US tour in support of the recently released Turnstile Comix #1, the first in an ongoing comic book/7″ series from record label Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club. Acclaimed underground comic artist Mitch Clem illustrated 48 pages of Jesse Thorson’s greatest tour stories, and Silver Sprocket packaged it together with a 7″ of brand new songs from THE SLOW DEATH. The package is available on limited-eddition colored vinyl from the Silver Sprocket webstore.
The Slow Death recently finished recording a brand new full-length entitled “Born Ugly Got Worse” that will be available via Kiss of Death Records this fall. The dates are below.