The first adrenaline shot from “Imperium” comes in the form of “The Finger” and its accompanying music video, an unadulterated two-minute infusion of unrest. Filmed in black and white, “The Finger” features all four members of Totally Slow performing in black blindfolds interspersed with footage of similarly blindfolded men, women and children marching past each other in single-file lines before coming to hold hands in layered circles. For those paying close attention, “the finger” does make an appearance—two appearances, to be exact.
The song itself more than matches its charged visual accompaniment. Guitar feedback rings over a double-time snare-drum pattern before a properly distorted pick slide signals the entry of the song’s chunky power chords. Vocalist Scott Hicks’ raucous yelp trades blows with his lead guitar lines as drummer Andy Foster refuses to let the storm pass—at least not for another 30 seconds or so.
It’s 2018 now. Everybody needs a band like Totally Slow in their life, whether they know it or not. Luckily, come March 16, that need will be met. Pre-order your copy of “Imperium” through Self-Aware Records here.
Photo by Taylor McDonald.