best. day. ever: Slingshot Dakota's new album Heavy Banding is out now!
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Powerful piano + percussion pop-punk is the simplest (albeit most tongue-twisting) way to describe the sound of Slingshot Dakota’s game-changer of album, Heavy Banding. Hailing from Allentown, PA, the duo have taken three years of frustration, passion, and hope to craft a hard-hitting LP that floats just as high as vocalist Carly Comando’s falsetto.
One of Heavy Banding's standout moments is on "Louder" –– click to stream.
A rallying cry for inclusion in the face of unprecedented injustice, it serves as a great introduction to an album that is, at its core, an honest and intimate portrayal of perseverance.
In life and on-stage, Carly Comando and Tom Patterson are partners, and it’s made obvious by everything from their wholesome album art to the outstanding amount of unification the two have when performing together. With a keyboard and a drum set, connected to each other only by a lettered party banner, they deliver a breathtaking performance that manages to personify the sound audiences have grown so fond of since Slingy D’s start.
Echoing ballad “Moon” opens the album on an enchanting high, thanks to Comando’s beautiful tone. It swings straight into another memorable track from there, “Blood Villain," pleading with the listener to “hang on and hold on tight” — words of advice that should be headed as Heavy Banding is a roller coaster in the most exhilarating way. It explores the high highs, the low lows, and the uncertainty that falls in between.
Some people may dub Heavy Banding as pseudo-positive in the way it discusses betrayal, heartbreak, and loss on top of up-tempo, bright instrumentals, but the one thing that remains consistent throughout is a sense of hope and freedom. It’s like these words have been begging to be let out, and the emotions behind them ring as true as ever judging by the sense of trust and urgency Comando has in her tone and Patterson beats out on his drums.
“We have nothing holding us back,” the vocalist says—and it shows. Slingshot Dakota is an unstoppable force, ready to spread their infectious smiles and heart-warming energy to everyone their music touches.
Catch them as they travel all over the country this June—you’ll leave with weight lifted off your shoulders you didn’t realize was keeping you down.
the No Earbuds listening guide:
- get inspired: “Weird Like Me”
- in your feelings: “Lungs” or "Casino Night"
- windows down drive: “Premeditated”
written by Olivia Keasling
edited by Jamie Coletta