The Chicago-based Slow Pulp’s chill, shoegaze-y music leads with singer Emily’s hauntingly dreamy vocals juxtaposed with witty lyrics. That, combined with a band that’s known one another since grade school in Wisconsin, makes for a magnetic stage presence. The magnetism was on full display at our Chicago store last Thursday; keep scrolling for photo evidence of the packed-to-the-gills scene — and learn more about Slow Pulp, including the song each band member has on repeat.
Tell us about the most rebellious thing you’ve done.
We sneak one of our band members into the hotel every night on tour.
What song have you been listening to on repeat lately?
Teddy: Beach House – Majorette
Emily: Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender
Alex: Sugar Ray – When It’s Over
Henry: Third Eye Blind – Graduate
What was the first concert you attended?
Emily: Paul Mccartney
Alex: John Mayer
Henry: Green Day
Tell us about your first pair of Docs.
Teddy: It was a 9.5, fitted to the toe. Scorched ’em at a bonfire, left them there, got a new pair, never repaired.
Emily: I got my first pair of Docs at a thrift shop in Chicago when I was 18. They were the Chelsea boot and I still have them!
What was the hardest part of adjusting to living in Chicago?
We had a pretty bad relationship with our downstairs neighbor for the first 6 months that we lived here.
How has living in Chicago influenced your music?
It’s more reflective, just like the bean.