Brooklyn-based Total Slacker are responsible for producing garage pop and psychedelic rock, and in just over a year have released two singles on independent record labels in both the US and Europe, played over 100 shows in some of New York’s most prominent venues, and received praise from Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. We caught up with frontman Tucker Rountree.

Where does the name Total Slacker come from?

[It’s] inspired by Richard Linklater’s film ‘Slacker’, and trying to enjoy a life that’s not built on the constructs of “career” or “path”…and something more intuitive, maybe.

How would you describe your sound?

Rock music with slight minimal touch and go.

Having written and recorded your debut album in Brooklyn, how much influence did New York have on the finished product?

I’d say a lot! When Emily and I started writing for the first time, we were going to endless amounts of shows every week in the spring/summer of 2009. A lot of Brooklyn bands at that time had a profound effect on us and our writing, but we mixed that with things we knew from growing up in the suburbs, and being a child in the Southwest.

Who or what inspires your music?

Everything that is positive and beautiful, but mostly things that make us laugh. Recently, we wrote a song called ‘Pizza Hut Manager’ and it makes fun of my stepdad and how much of a dick he is…but also the duality of life, and how, later on, you come to realize that things work out for the best in life, usually. I love God, too, and the search for something beautiful and eternal.

What did you take away from your experience of touring the States?

Probably meeting lots of different people….it’s really special. I hope we tour a lot in future!

How do you feel about forthcoming dates in the UK and Europe?

We’re thrilled that there is such a response to our music in the UK and Europe. I’ve never had the privilege to travel outside the US so I’m a bit nervous to fly that far away from home, but I really wanna do it!

What would you like to achieve in the next year?

I would really like to keep writing and being productive and creative at a high level, and inspire people somehow with that.

Total Slacker’s debut album Thrashin is scheduled for release on 26th September 2011 on Marshall Teller Records. 

The band play London’s Lock Tavern on 25th September and are holding an album launch party on 30th September at The Shacklewell Arms.

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