Slow Pulp – Yard LP

Slow Pulp Find New Sonic Heights In Yard On New Music Friday

September 29th, 2023

Madison, Wisconsin 4-piece Slow Pulp drop their sophomore album, Yard, via Anti-/Epitaph today. The 10-track collection from the Chicago-based band features lead single “Cramps.” Lead singer/guitarist Emily Massey shared, “The song came out of a jam at practice right after I had proclaimed that my period cramps were particularly bad that day. It is about searching for things you wish you had in other people and creating this character in your head that has all the physical and emotional attributes you feel that you are lacking.”

Slow Pulp’s full-length debut album Moveys was released in 2020 while powering through health challenges, personal upheaval, and a pandemic. The lifelong friends since  elementary school —  Alexander Leeds (bass), Theodore Mathews (drums), and Henry Stoehr (guitar) — performed in bands together since the sixth grade while growing up in Madison. Emily Massey (vocals/guitar) joined them in 2017 and they formed Slow Pulp. 

The band first started working on new songs in the Spring of 2019, immediately after the release of their EP, Big Day, but they ended up scrapping the material. “When we started writing this record, I had been experiencing so much fatigue and getting sick a lot and I didn’t know what it was. I got diagnosed with Lyme disease and a chronic Mono,” says Massey. 

She adds, “The diagnosis validated a lot of what I was feeling. I got tools for how to take care of myself better.” For Massey, taking care of herself meant more than just addressing her physical needs. “The way that I internalize trauma is I will hold it in and not process it for a very long time, but writing songs is the one place where I can’t hide from myself. It just comes out whether or not I want it to or if I’m ready for it to. Figuring out how to write together, as a band, was like me learning how to take care of myself and learning how to communicate better.”

Slow Pulp recently toured with Death Cab For Cutie and The Pixies. They begin a headline tour October 4th in Milwaukee. 


Wed. Oct. 04 – Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo – Backroom

Thu. Oct. 05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam Hall

Fri. Oct 06 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown 

Sun. Oct. 08 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall 

Tue. Oct. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 

Thu. Oct. 12 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos 

Fri. Oct. 13 – Vancouver, BC @ The Pearl on Granville 

Sat. Oct. 14 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre 

Mon. Oct. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel 

Wed. Oct. 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom 

Fri. Oct. 20 – San Diego, CA @ Voodoo 

Sat. Oct. 21 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room 

Sun. Oct. 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge 

Tue. Oct. 24 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

Wed. Oct. 25 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada 

Thu. Oct. 26 – Austin, TX @ The Parish 

Sat. Oct. 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory 

Sun. Oct. 29 – Durham, NC @ Motoco 

Mon. Oct. 30 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage 

Tue. Oct. 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry 

Wed. Nov. 1 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom 

Fri. Nov. 3 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Sat. Nov 4 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Mon. Nov. 6 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

Tue. Nov. 7 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Fri. Nov. 10 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater 

Sat. Nov. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall