With its psychedelic-tinged indie rock sound, a heavy emphasis on guitars and a feeling of musical ease in spite of tricky grooves, it’s impossible for Slugss to not seem cool.

Lukas Truckenbrod, the primary songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist of the band, began writing the songs for the album in 2015, while he was still living in Austin, Texas. He moved back to Pittsburgh late that summer and formed Slugss with his brother and some friends he’d known since attending high school. In January of 2017, the group took 10 songs to the studio that would become APPEAL.

In his songwriting approach, Lukas leans into a lot of feelings evoked by growing up in a house near the forest, spending most of his time in the that natural setting both alone and with groups of friends.

This cosmic feel is present on APPEAL and keeps it from falling into the generic trappings of guitar rock. Instead, the songs feel spacey and fluid, building movements and grooves that are easy to get swept into.

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