Now called Slow Claw, these three former members of Cincinnati favorites Junior Revolution return for Cincinnati gigs and a one-mile barefoot walk through Northside to kick the Tom’s Shoes cause up a notch. (Each time someone buys a pair of Tom’s, the company hands over a pair to a child in need. Since 2006, the company has donated shoes to 80,000 children.)
Rather than urgency, Slow Claw's vocals present more of a smooth ride. Slow Claw takes traditional Pop, dissecting it, putting it through the wandering wringer, then circling back to structure. At times, lingering sounds allow for playtime and flow. Think of the sway of swings. They might throw in a banjo or an organ.
JRev was a more straight-up, light-hearted Pop band, while Slow Claw ventures into Indie territory. But when it comes to touring, they’re still true drifters with a case of hardcore, happy wanderlust.
They play the Madison Theater Friday with The Sundresses, The Guitars, The Hose, Lemon G., Wake the Bear and Wonky Tonk. The Toms Shoes walk is 2 p.m. Saturday starting at the Northside Tavern, with an acoustic performance following. Read the full interview with the band here.