New Nashville indie psychedelic rock band Slow Pass, formerly Ben Sparaco and The New Effect, shared their new single “White Knuckles” on Friday, August 27. It is their third single from their upcoming EP High Pass, the first of two that they plan to release this year. The new single coincided with their live debut at Nashville’s rock club the Exit/In, coheadlining with Down Boy.
The duo, made up of guitarist and synthesizer player Ben Sparaco and bassist Adam Discipio, who both contribute vocals, produced the song on their own, with mixing from Rolling Stones collaborator Austin Asvanonda. Said Sparaco, “This is is the first song we’ve fully self-produced and recorded ourselves. Not having to work under the pressure of paid time in a studio has really allowed us to explore production like never before. Adam and I producing together is really what Slow Pass is all about. We love being hands-on with the music and creating moments that feel like you’re listening to the song in another place.”
“White Knuckles” rides a cool groove with punchy drums and layers of synthesizers, and bright horns joining in the chorus. The vocals match the vibe with a breathy delivery with just a pinch of grit, perfectly complimented by subtle harmonies in the chorus. The extended outro features vodocer and more backing vocals, while the bass comes to the forefront with a groovy pop.
Slow Pass’s first single “Parking Lots” was released in June, and its July follow-up “Tuesday Morning” was featured on Apple Music’s New in Indie playlist. Ender their previous moniker Ben Sparaco and The New Effect, Sparaco and Discipio toured and recorded as for three years, opening for the likes of G. Love and the Special Sauce and earning over 250 thousand streams.
“White Knuckles” is out now on streaming services.