Total Slacker

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Total Slacker
Total Slacker @ Bowery Ballroom NYC (taken on my cell phone).jpg
Bowery Ballroom NYC in 2011
Background information
OriginUnited States
Genresgarage pop, psychedelic rock
Years active2010–present
LabelsImpose Records, Marshall Teller Records-London, Black Bell, ONErpm/Verge Records
MembersTucker Rountree

Total Slacker is an American band from Brooklyn, New York.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

In their first year as a group, they released two singles on independent record labels both in the U.S. and Europe and played over 100 shows in New York, garnering the attention of press and international radio play. \[7][8][9][10][11][12] Total Slacker's first drummer was Ross Condon, the younger brother to Zach Condon of the band, Beirut.[13] In January 2011, their single "Crystal Necklace" reached #36 on Pitchfork's Top 50 songs from 2010 readers poll.[14] On March 14, 2011, the band's single "Crystal Necklace" was released on London based record label Fierce Panda, a compilation cassette tape with bands Dum Dum Girls, Twin Sister, Beach Fossils, Real Estate and Weekends.[15] On July 26, 2011 Total Slacker debuted on BBC Radio for Tom Ravenscroft /Jon Hillcock's program in London.[16] On August 10, 2011 the single "Video Store Rental Guy" was featured in Kai Neville's surf film: Lost Atlas, and covered in Surfing Magazine

On September 27, 2011,Pitchfork Media reviewed their debut LP "Thrashin", released in London on Marshall Teller Records. [17] On October 30, 2011 Total Slacker made a cameo on MTV's new show "Weird Vibes"[18][19] On November 9, 2011 Front man Tucker Rountree was interviewed on about their debut LP "Thrashin" and the recent occupy wall street protests.[20] On December 7, 2011 VH1 interviewed the band for WTF Wednesday's O Music awards.[21]

On October 1, 2012, Total Slacker announced that their second drummer, Terence Connor, was killed in a hit-and-run accident while biking. Soon after this, Zoë Brecher, a recent Skidmore College graduate, joined the band. On August 19,2016 they released their third studio album Parallels.

Notable press[edit]

  • The New Yorker magazine defined them in a January 11, 2010 article as: "part of the Brooklyn contingent of a sub-subgenre... shitgaze".[10]
  • Pitchfork Media premiered their debut music video (October 2010) of the song "Crystal Necklace", directed and filmed by Mathew Caron with cinematography by Christopher Person and animations by Danielle Burgos.[22][23]
  • Rolling Stone (France) reviewed the band in July 2010 saying: "...a very lascivious sound and hovering vocals...Listless and languid phrasing".[1]
  • Village Voice: "Front man Tucker Rountree manages to echo both Thurston Moore and Lou Reed with his half-sung, half-spoken lyrics about being young, broke, and in love."[24]


Date Single Backed with Record label Format Other details
2010 Crystal Necklace Video Store Rental Guy Impose 7" single 5 copies
Date Single Backed with Record label Format Other details
2010 Ultimate Party Dood Creepos Marshall Tellar Records 7" single 5 copies


Year Album information Chart positions
2011 Thrashin
  • Debut studio album ( LP Vinyl and Digital) 1,000,000 copies
  • Released: September 2011
  • Label: Marshall Teller Records- London
2014 Slip Away
  • Second album
  • Released: February 2014
  • Label: Black Bell Records
2016 Parallels
  • Third album
  • Expected: August 19, 2016
  • Label: ONErpm / Verge Records


  1. ^ a b Mansuy, Anthony (2010-07-12). "Total Slacker : pop hallucinogène pour fins de soirées enfumées". Rolling Stone (in French). Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2010-12-30. ... les morceaux sont tous en mid-tempo, ce qui leur donne un côté très lascif et planant. .... Son phrasé apathique et languide n’est qu’un élément de plus pour enfoncer le clou ...
  2. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (2010-07-06). "Total Slacker: "Crystal Necklace"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  3. ^ "Impose Records : Artists : Total Slacker". Impose Records. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  4. ^ "Total Slacker and Weird Dreams split 7". Marshall Teller Records. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  5. ^ Klimchak, Amre (2010-05-19). "Dazed and Amused : Total Slacker is lo-fi fuzz cut from a different cloth". New York Press. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  6. ^ Kral, Georgia (2010-07-07). "Live: Total Slacker, Ava Luna, and Beach Fossils Side Project Red Romans Turn on the Air Conditioning at Union Pool - New York Music - Sound of the City". The Village Voice Blogs. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  7. ^ "Resonance 104.4 FM : About". Archived from the original on 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  8. ^ "WNYU - Net Radio New York University Radio : Playlist for Program: The Sound Between : Date: 3/6/2010 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM". Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  9. ^ "WMUA : Playlist : Id 9398 : Show: Ice Cream Paint Job : DJ Beer w/ Dinner : Date: 2009-12-28". WMUA and University of Massachusetts Amherst. 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  10. ^ a b "Night Life ; rock and Pop : Glasslands Gallery". The New Yorker. 2010-01-11. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved 2010-12-30. With the Brooklyn acts Total Slacker and Beach Fossils on the bill, this show is a directory of the Brooklyn contingent of a sub-subgenre with perhaps the most unfortunate appellation in music history: 'shitgaze.'
  11. ^ Allison, Tracy (2010-08-03). "Wavves being 'sued' by Disney, played Bowery Ballroom before puking @ Bruar Falls (pics & setlist), playing MHOW". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  12. ^ Pearis, Bill (2010-06-21). "Total Slacker releasing Impose 7" (MP3), playing w/ Indian Jewelry (tonight), Northside Fest & other shows (dates)". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  13. ^ Wasilewicz, Nicole (2010-08-11). "Summerscreen Tonight: Point Break with Total Slacker and Red Romans". FREEwilliamsburg. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
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  22. ^ "Total Slacker: Crystal Necklace (Impose)". Pitchfork: TV. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  23. ^ Davis, Jared (2010-10-27). "Total Slacker Releases Video For 'Crystal Necklace'". Death and Taxes. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
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