Do you like cats?
Of course you do, you sassy motherfucker.
The lyrics of the decade may take until the final song (Crockpot) to rear their head tonight, but they arguably define everything that Slothrust stand for. Flippant, tongue-in-cheek, yet still buried within catchy hooks that many of their peers would kill to have in their command for the most sincere of anthems.
Prior to this moment, the band have worked their way through the best cuts from across their existing catalogue in addition to some new offerings and each track sounds more buoyant and celebratory than the last. In the live arena, Slothrust manage to stud Leah Wellbaum's razor-tongued melodies with meatier hooks than they've captured in the studio and it's this equilibrium which drives the set towards its aforementioned conclusion.
A Saturday night support slot doesn't always present you with the most accommodating of crowds, but tonight Slothrust manage to garner themselves a whole new Manchester audience through their wily balance of territory familiar to the Manchester Orchestra fans and breaking entirely new ground.