Slut Magic conjure a colorful darkness in their new single “Help Me”

Help Me Slut Magic
Artwork for “Help Me” by Slut Magic

Slut Magic make candy colored angst rock and have the style to back it up. Jami Fowler spoke with the Brooklyn band to find out what kind of neon alchemy created the glossy riffs and dark lyrics of their newest single, “Help Me.”

 

Jami Fowler: What inspired the lyrics?

Slut Magic: The lyrics are straight from [singer] Emma [Sky]’s lucid dream. Super dark situation that involved other dimensions, shape shifters, bad memories, and electric guitar sounds.

JF: Where did you record “Help Me,” and did the environment have any effect on the sound?

SM: We recorded half of it in our old studio at the Sweatshop, and half at our home studio in Greenpoint. We once made the mistake of spending money on a dedicated recording studio and we found that we were just so uptight. We were so obsessed with how expensive it was and how little time we had that the only stuff we recorded was unusable. We will only record in places where we are relaxed.

JF: Did you learn anything new while writing or recording it?

SM: How to mic a drum kit! Alex Almgren of Freshly Baked Studios (responsible for mixing and mastering this track) gave us a full mic lesson while laying prone on the floor of the studio…don’t remember why he was prone. Those mic techniques have absolutely changed our sound. We also learned that Hot Boyfriend [guitarist Michael Bottomly] has an insufferable alter-ego even in relaxed spaces. We call it Studio Boyfriend. He pouts, stomps, yells at his hands, and threatens to quit the band for the whole of the recording session. As soon as it’s over, he’s back to normal. If you imagine a four-year old trying to get ice cream before dinner, that’s the experience.

JF: What is your favorite part of the song?

SM: One cool part of the song is this little guitar melody that we added toward the end of the recording process that sounds sort of like bells. One of the most fun things about recording is adding new parts that can’t exist when there’s only four of us on stage. And many people have said they love the vocals. That makes Emma blush.

“Help Me” is available on all streaming platforms now, but be sure to check out their upcoming album Trauma Queen this fall via Rock Hand Records.

Jami Fowler is a writer, music obsessive, and collector of tiny things.

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