LA alt-rockers Slothrust have made their return with a video for their new track, “Cranium.”
While Slothrust haven’t released an album since 2018’s The Pact, they had a couple singles throughout 2019. “Cranium” reaches a perfect blend between the grunge-driven rock sound of their earlier work, while leaning into the the alt-rock sound of The Pact. Frontwoman Leah Wellbaum’s lyricism truly takes the lead on this track, as she delivers lines like, “Empty out my cranium/ And eat some cereal/ Cut my sweet angelic face into a pie/ Are you hungry?”
“I think of ‘Cranium’ as an absurd mating ritual dance by one of those beautiful complex birds with iridescent trail feathers. Except instead of feathers I am holding family heirloom tweezers and my hands are coated in honey. It’s sweet, but incredibly uncomfortable and definitely overbearing,” Wellbaum explains. “The song is about wanting to serve love but not knowing the ‘right’ way to do so – often offering too much, or something unwanted entirely. It is a promise to love both absurdly and impossibly with a heavy sprinkle of pain.”
Watch the video for “Cranium” below.
The accompanying video sees Wellbaum seated in front of a wooden desk and a crystal ball, as she performs along to the tune. As the clip progresses, rainbows and lightning storms get edited into the scene, until it gets more and more trippy.
Fingers crossed that Slothrust has an album in the works, but news of that has not yet been announced.
Lead photo courtesy of Lindsey Byrnes.