Remo Drive

Cat's Cradle presents

Remo Drive

Slow Pulp, Slow Bullet

Wed Jun 12

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 Advance / $18 Day of the show

This event is all ages

Remo Drive
Remo Drive
Conceived in suburban Minnesota, Remo Drive delivers a high energy punky brand of Midwestern emo.
Slow Pulp
Slow Pulp
Slow Pulp is a four piece band originally from Madison WI. and currently based in Chicago.
Slow Bullet
Slow Bullet
It has been said there is strength in “weakness”—in exposing fear and faults, doubts and despair and pain. It takes more courage, then, to reveal vulnerability than to construct a facade, false or not, between oneself and the real world. If so, then Slow Bullet’s debut LP Still Close Enough to Go Back is as strong as an album gets. In it, singer and songwriter Sam DeBurgh exhibits a range of emotions—in grumbling guitars and trickling leads, in drums that explode like fireworks against a July sunset and feedback that hovers like the hazy aftermath, in howling vocals that rise from fragile, humble starts.

Recorded by Matt Frank (You Blew It!, Their / They’re / There, Annabel) at Atlas Studios in Chicago, IL, many of the tracks on Still Close Enough to Go Back showcase DeBurgh’s quiet uncertainty. Songs like “The Fiscal Year” feature a bristling bass and plodding drums, but the lacy guitars cling to these rhythm elements like spiderwebs.. It’s even more tender during “Survival,” a slow-strummed acoustic track about the passage of time and its inevitable end, and “How’s School Going?” an whose young tragedies are accompanied by mumbling electric piano.

On the more volatile songs, though, Slow Bullet shows its full potential, especially on “Let Us Not Grow Weary In Doing Good,” the album’s opening track. At the beginning, DeBurgh’s full guitar frames his hesitant voice. But the song builds up suddenly; here, the bass roils beneath stormy chords, and DeBurgh’s roar reveals his full humanity. Other songs, though less turbulent, still seethe and simmer, still capture complex emotions; “Day Drunk at the Airport Bar,” with its crispy guitar tone, exudes uncertainty in the same way that DeBurgh’s bark on “Eating Puke” reveals a proud sort of shame.

"Still Close Enough To Go Back" is available now via Blood & Ink records.