Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis have teamed up and created a track called ‘Slow Boy’ for the forthcoming volume of Converse’s CONS EP series.
Inevitably awash with feedback (presumably from Kim Gordon) before launching into a distinctive slacker rock guitar line from J Mascis, this track merges the two slightly different late ’80s / early ’90s guitar sounds to create something extremely interesting and disruptive.
Gordon’s singing enhances the chaos with its original aggressive, snarly tone to match her equally as gnarly distorted guitar as well as there being a real lack of chorus. This lack of chorus is a great thing – if this song had an simple structure, I’d be sorely disappointed. Although this song clocks in at 3 minutes and 14 seconds, it has the impact and intensity of a punk rock song half of its length.
Words: Katie Wilkinson