Having worked as an assistant recording engineer in an analog studio in Nashville, TN I inevitably learned the difference between an honest record and a band jerking off for kicks. Listening to a few tracks from Slanted, I can assure you that while the recordings may be a bit primitive, this band is true-blue. From the mouths of basement babes, their track “Gross” is a keeper if there ever was one. Reading like very early depiction of Built to Spill and even Modest Mouse, these boys know how to make a ruckus and a melody.
I have ran across Casey Weissbuch’s latest ex-band Diarrhea Planet about five times and let me tell you, that band can trick even the meekest person into digging heavy metal. Like a mischievous school-boy playing with a magnifying glass, the drumming I witnessed Casey perform firsthand for DH he tapers into a smoky oblivion on “Gross” with a snap suited to him alone. With much of Nashville’s native bands pulling members from one another like loose threads here and there, many typically lean a bit far in the punk territory for my personal taste. That said, I was more than pleasantly surprised to hear Slanted pull tip a hat to their roots yet manage to sound like a band that wasn’t just recording with their best friends at a party. If this is any indication, I think we can all be excited to see where Slanted goes next.