Slow Fiction are a Brooklyn 5-piece drawing from a lineage of explorative rock music and applying their genuine storytelling to anthemic hooks, which are delivered with verve from lead vocalist Julia Vassallo.
The band is kicking off 2024 by proudly announcing their signing to So Young Records, additionally commemorated with the release of their first single with the label, "Apollo." The track arrives in anticipation of more new music, coming later this year.
"Apollo" manages to capture a sense of raw feeling and integrity: a rare opening salvo that immediately defines who a set of young artists truly are. The track deftly explores when dreams and reality collide and the resulting chasm between the two.
"The recognition of being in love with what someone could be, but not what they are in reality. Apollo is the god of sunlight and poetry. Perhaps realizing that a person is not a god, without them you can still exist, create, and have a voice. Darkness is the absence of light, but it still has a word and meaning." - Slow Fiction
The instrumentation exhibited on the track is dynamic and expressive, with each member contributing to create a sense of collective urgency. The guitars of Paul Knepple and Joe Skimmons draw the listener in over the propulsive rhythm section of Ryan Duffin and Akiva Henig. Vassallo’s vocals punch through the mix with a confidence that belies how early the band are in their career. This confidence is drawn from a number of scene stealing support slots with the likes of English Teacher, Warmduscher, Post Animal, Sunflower Bean, Pure Adult, and Lowertown. With additional appearances at SXSW and New Colossus Festival last year, they have quickly built up a strong following in New York and beyond as being one of the brightest new band’s to watch. With "Apollo," they are set to consolidate their already glowing reputation.
"Apollo" is only the beginning for Slow Fiction; they are set for a thrilling 2024 that is sure to move them beyond their local hero status. Stay tuned for more from the band, coming soon.