Slackluster to Unveil First Full-Length, ‘Sheek,’ This Month

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If you’re looking for a healthy dose of psyched out, guitar driven indie rock, look no further than local outfit Slackluster.

The backbone of the group was born in 2014, when primary songwriter Josh Miller and fellow founding member Jimmy Shaw came together to play at long-since deceased DIY house space Wolf House. Throughout the following years, the band’s line-up would shift, former members including Kevin Green on keyboards, Ethan Whirly on guitar, and Chris Lute on bass. Currently, the band is made up of lead guitarist Charlie Milter, bassist Lucas Loganbach, Miller, and Shaw.

“My interest in music dates back to sometime in my late childhood. My uncle was a pianist, and encouraged me to pick up an instrument, so I picked up guitar,” said Miller, a broadcast traffic assistant at WOUB Public Media. “When I was 11 or 12 I was into both The Beatles and Green Day, sort of two sides of the spectrum that worked towards each other. As I got older, I started to listen to more indie and alternative music and filled in the gaps between.”

Miller moved to Athens in 2007 to pursue a degree in video production, which he received in 2011. He said that he’s lived primarily in Athens since his initial move 10 years ago from Urbana, OH.

Soon, the band will unveil their first full-length album in digital form, entitled Sheek.

“The title is a play on being ‘chic,’ but not really being chic because you can’t spell it right,” said Miller. “The whole vibe of the record is all over the place. Some songs are very, very pop-centric, some are more psychedelic punk rock, and some are kind of Pavement-esque slacker pop.”

The album was recorded at Bad Racket Recording Studios in Cleveland; a major change for the group, as they had recorded their two former EPS, both released in spring of 2016, with Ohio University and Hocking College students.

“We have been really fortunate to have been able to work with students up to this point, but it was exciting to have almost complete creative control with the new album,” said Miller.

Miller said that he is working on the physical release of the album on vinyl, hoping to unveil it in early December.