Track Premiere: Equipment – “Downward Slant”

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Equipment is a bummer rock/power-pop three piece from Toledo, OH, made up of Nick Stoup (guitar, vocals), Jacob Scott (bass), and Jake Pachasa (drums). The band’s debut EP Chump came out through Counter Intuitive Records and really impressed with its authentic and emotional songwriting. Equipment is now preparing to release their first full-length LP Ruthless Sun on Chatterbot Records June 15, and today we are premiering the first single “Downward Slant”!

Ruthless Sun is a summer LP through and through, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get a bit dark. On the album, Stoup discusses issues such as self-worth, emotional abuse, and parental approval, all with the same sense of realism and perspective that was present on their 2016 debut. The summertime concepts are only further driven home with the scorching album art by Ilana Hope.

“Downward Slant” is the record’s bounciest track. In its short, to-the-point runtime, it manages to encapsulate what it feels like to be surrounded by people with more drive than you, as well as using escapism to evade your own responsibilities when things are continually going wrong. “I’ve got plenty of excuses / you will never know I’m mostly useless.” It’s self depreciating and beautiful, and you’ll find yourself screaming along, reminiscent of a Jeff Rosenstock anthem or even Graduating Life.

Ruthless Sun is out June 15 via Chatterbot Records

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