If It Exists, Sing about it

I have known the guys in Slimfit for a number of years now, and have had the pleasure of sharing beers and having a good time with them enough times to feel comfortable in describing them as “good people.”

I mean “good” as opposed to bad people like Russian email spammers, Nazis and people who work for collection agencies.  Slimfit are a swell bunch of fellas who will always share their beer with you and tell you funny stories.

Slimfit is also kind of blowing up right now.  They play what I would call “roots rock,” a mix of country and rock-and-roll that makes for some raucous, good live shows filled with rock- and- roll abandon and down-home, country twang.  Their new CD, Make it Worse, has been getting many repeat plays in my playlist.

It is damn catchy and fun, but it also has a lot of heart.  Rockers and ballads.  It has also been getting played on WXPN radio, which gets broadcast all over Pennsylvania.  Sweet.

I would recommend Slimfit to any fans of Tom Petty or alt-country bands like Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt.  I’ve always been a fan of that kind of distinctly “American” sounding music, for lack of a better word, that appeals to working class people and reflects their stories, ideals, and sentiments.  Make it Worse kicks off with the lonesome ballad Midnight Blues, which name Lancaster and contains a lushly orchestrated string section that kind of blew my mind.

Slimfit performs acrobatics as they rock out live to a local Lancaster audience. Photo by Jason Tabor.
Slimfit performs acrobatics as they rock out live to a local Lancaster audience. Photo by Jason Tabor.

Wow guys, nicely done.  Guest musicians from other Lancaster bands are all over this CD, adding strings and slide guitar and extra hoots and hollers during some of the more barn-burning tunes.

It sounds like they had a lot of fun while recording this.  Wrong Is Wrong, one of the more badass rockers on Make it Worse will get stuck in your head for a day or two like it did in mine.

On their Myspace site, the band describes their music as “songs about all the news that’s fit to sing about.  Nieces, for example.  Or, say, the greatest sandwich ever made.  Our latest album, ‘Make it Worse’ is full of songs that move you in all the parts of you that like to be moved.”

I have always thought the appeal of this kind of music is that it’s about real people and real life and I can not do any better than that, really, other than to suggest you check out their CD or live shows if this is the kind of music that floats your boat because they do it very well and their live shows are always a blast.

Also, Slimfit does not flood your email inbox with fake Viagra advertising or give your computer a virus, so like, hugs all around!