Hailing from Dallas, TX, Sloth Fist are a 5 piece punk / rock ‘n’ roll band that combine the melodic sense of The Descendents and Teenage Bottlerocket with the fierceness of bands like Motorhead and Turbonegro. The result is an eclectic mix of songs that will satisfy anyone who likes their music hard and heavy, but still catchy with hooks galore.
The band features Eric Daniels (Bullet Machine, Black Habits, Responsible Johnny) on vocals, Matt Thomas (Slave One, Neighborhood Villain, Bullet Machine) on guitar, Cody Shavers (Blanche Davidians) on guitar, Marc Maxey (Justice League, The Killing Flame) on bass, and Rafael Genovez (Responsible Johnny) on drums.
Sloth Fist began in 2018 when Daniels, Genovez, Maxey and guitarist Joe Blackwood got together to play some songs that Daniels had written, that didn’t quite fit with his other band, Responsible Johnny. The band quickly began playing shows around the DFW metroplex, including a show at the legendary Three Links in Deep Ellum with Japan’s Mugen Hoso. Blackwood left after a handful of shows, and the band continued as a 3 piece, recording and releasing their debut EP, “Live Slow, Die Whenever” in late 2018.
Soon after the EP release, Matt Thomas was recruited on guitar and the band played a handful of shows again as a 4 piece, including a show with Boston’s Moving Targets with both Daniels and Thomas on guitar. With Daniels’ desire to put down his guitar and focus on vocals, the band recruited guitarist Alex Casanova to round out the lineup. More shows followed with the likes of heavy metal legends Thor, and Dag Nasty spinoff Field Day. These 5 hit the studio in late 2019 to record the “Mothman is Real” LP. Twelve blistering tracks were recorded at Cloudland Studios in Fort Worth, TX, then mixed by Andrew Berlin at The Blasting Room in CO and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust). Ten songs are featured on the digital release, with the 12” vinyl and CD versions containing 2 bonus tracks.
Videos for the songs “All I Know”, “Nicotine” and “Sloth Fist Will Be Annihilated” are up on YouTube. The video (for SFWBA) was filmed in quarantine times, with each member filming their own footage at their homes and / or practice space. For the end however, dozens of fans and friends submitted their own videos of themselves singing along to the song’s end chant “Live Slow, Die Whenever – SLOTH FIST”. Some notable faces include Jeff Caudill (Gameface) and Peter Cortner (Dag Nasty / Field Day).
The debut 12” LP/CD hit stores and digital outlets on June 19th via Mindpower Records.