Around the summer of 2009, Kristin Newborn launched Slothpop as a planned “side project” in which she was joined by Dan Zender and Lauren Eison. The band's name was a nod to “Sloth,” a nickname Newborn earned for her admitted predilection for doing things at a laid-back pace. Slothpop would not stay an occasional distraction for long.
Today, it's full-fledged Indianapolis-based band that includes Newborn (on vocals, guitar and piano), Eison (vocals and violin), Zender (guitar), Bryan Unruh (drums and percussion), Jeff Vyain (cello) and Drew Malott (bass and vocals).
The group's self-titled debut record was released at the beginning of January. Although Slothpop really hasn't been a band for very long, they play and write with seasoned prowess.
“I had this (band) envisioned as songs that I wrote years ago and I wanted to make something of ’em,” Newborn says, talking via speakerphone as her band congregates pre-practice on a Monday night. “We just got together and started to put them together and work our own colors in. After that happened, we started writing as a band and that worked amazingly. Probably my favorite songs now are the ones we created as a full band.”
Slothpop pays a free show at MOTR Pub Wednesday. Go here to read the full interview and get show details.