Formed in Manalapan, New Jersey, Slippertails played clubs throughout New Jersey and New York before recording their first album. "There's a disturbing trend" was initially launched in 2014 on cassette by the excellent Austin-based label, Fleeting Youth records, and quickly sold out. Big Tomato Records was impressed by the quality of the album, and chose it as our second release, on vinyl. Slippertails features singer/guitarist Nick Casertano, a physical colossus reminiscent of Frank Black and Tony Soprano, with an understated voice and unique guitar style. Josh Greenberg backs up Nick, playing drums hard like the devil.
The devil... It's almost an obsession with Casertano. All the songs from this album revolve around two things: fear of Evil, and stories of lost love, or both. The album plays out like an explosive cocktail- one that needs to be listened to several times loud before you catch its subtleties. Hidden influences abound, everyone will find something familiar. Who can say what is going on in Casertano's tortured mind? Some hear the Black Keys playing with the Melvins, others hear an old Amphetamine Reptile album, or recollections of Pixies and Sebadoh. Others detect the ghosts of Syd Barrett or Jeffrey Lee Pierce, but the truth is elsewhere. We asked Nick Casertano to give us his all-time top five list. His response: Karen Dalton, Townes Van Zandt, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Royal Trux, and Television Personalities. Everything is there: the desperate songs of the first two, the falter and wildness of No Wave, Royal Trux's dirty paranoiac blues, and TVP's fragility.
"There's a disturbing trend" is destined to be a cult album. But not right away. It will take time for people to listen to it over and over loud.