The critically acclaimed gold-certified Los Angeles duo that is SLANDER (Derek Andersen and Scott Land) present electronic music in widescreen set against a soundtrack of forward-thinking melodic bass, pulsating techno, airy alternative, and off-kilter pop for their debut album ‘THRIVE’ out today, September 22.
Amassing over one billion streams and counting, selling out arenas, and earning acclaim from Billboard, LA Weekly, SPIN and more, the pair progress once again on this long-awaited body of work.
For their 10-track player, SLANDER set the stage with not only their massive hit “Love Is Gone” featuring Dylan Matthew but also “Halfway Down” [with Ashley Drake], “Walk On Water” [feat. RØRY & Dylan Matthew], and “Replay” [with Dylan Matthew]. The latter layers Dylan’s emotionally charged vocals above an ebb and flow between a delicate synth hum, effervescent piano, and a distortion-boosted drop.
The single “Before Dawn” storms out of the gate on a rush of bass, head-nodding percussion, and anxious keys. It nods to timeless analog dance music with a scorching cybernetic stomp.
Then there’s “Nothing Hurts Like Goodbye.” Punctuated by a glossy galactic sheen, the shimmering soundscape underlines an instantly irresistible refrain, “Nothing hurts like goodbye. Let’s pretend like we’re in love tonight.”
Elsewhere, the finale “Watch Over Me” sees their techno heart beat louder than ever “as an angel still watches over you while you go on with your life.” In the end, SLANDER project their vision like never before on ‘THRIVE’.
“We’re telling a cosmic love story,” notes Derek Andersen. “In the future, this astronaut is searching for a place to start life again, but he has a love back on earth in the past. The name ‘THRIVE’ sets the tone as it reflects the spaceman’s journey to make the human race thrive again. During the journey, he experiences relationship flashbacks of his memories on earth as he gets farther and farther away from the home. You’re essentially hearing all of this.”
“An album has been a long time coming for us,” adds Scott Land. “We were never stuck in one place long enough to make ten songs with a singular vibe though. It got to the point where the pandemic happened, and it was almost the perfect timing. We didn’t have any shows, and we had the space for a full body of work. We’ve known each other for twelve years, always DJ’ed together, and shared similar tastes in music. We got to have a bit of fun now.”
The track list for THRIVE is as follows:
Kill Me With Silence (with Medyk) – SLANDER
Nothing Hurts Like Goodbye (with Kiiara) – SLANDER
Replay (with Dylan Matthew) – SLANDER
Halfway Down (with Ashley Drake) – SLANDER
Monster – SLANDER & NGHTMRE
Love Is Gone (ft. Dylan Matthew) – SLANDER
Walk On Water (ft. RØRY & Dylan Matthew) – SLANDER
Before Dawn – SLANDER
Second Life – SLANDER
Watch Over Me (with JT Roach) – SLANDER
Meanwhile, SLANDER’s THRIVE national U.S. tour is currently underway. At their THRIVE shows expect to be entranced. Brand-new production with space-scapes courtesy of long-time collaborator Roboto captivate while SLANDER perform their latest releases “Halfway Down” featuring talented U.K.-based vocalist Ashley Drake and “Walk On Water” featuring RØRY and Dylan Matthew, as well as brand new material that will appear on THRIVE alongside selections from their deep catalog.
All dates follow below and ticket information and tour news can be found here.
Dates of SLANDER’s THRIVE Tour are :
9/22 – Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville.com Arena
9/23 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
9/24 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
9/29 – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces
10/1 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
10/5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors
10/6 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
10/7 – Montreal, QC – Olympic Stadium
10/12 – Indianapolis, IN – Blue Ribbon Pavilion
10/13 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora
10/14 – Cincinnati, OH – MegaCorp Pavilion
10/15 – Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Event Center
10/19 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live! Outdoor
10/20 – St. Louis, MO – The Factory
10/21 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
10/22 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
10/28 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
10/29 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial Auditorium
11/4 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
11/5 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
11/9 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks
11/10 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks
11/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
11/16 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland
11/17 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
11/18 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Lawn
11/19 – Dallas, TX – Panther Island
11/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
11/26 – Boston, MA – Roadrunner