Slo-Mo is the brainchild of Philadelphia steel guitarist Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner. Brenner has spent time on the road and in the studio playing steel guitar with such bands as Marah, Magnolia Electric Company and Badly Drawn Boy, but Slo-Mo is something totally different.
The first Slo-Mo disc, "Novelty", came out in 2000 on Bongload/Acid Blues and was largely a collaboration between Brenner and producers Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters, RL Burnside, Elliot Smith) and Beale Dabbs (RL Burnside, Lutefisk).
The second disc, "My Buzz Comes Back" (PHIdelity), released October 2005, reflected the new partnership of Brenner and Philly rapper Mic Wrecka. Beginning with the title track, Brenner and Wrecka (and co-producer Edan Cohen) slowly crafted a disc of tunes that draw from hip hop, R&B, pop, techno and, of course, the sounds of steel guitar.
On the just-released disc (May, '07), "Smokey Mountain," Brenner and Wrecka continue their co-writing and re-defining of Slo-Mo. This time, the live line-up of Brenner, Wrecka, drummer Mark Schreiber, bassist Steve Demarest, percussionist Hoagy Wing and fabulous singers Sue Rosetti, Steph Hayes (gtr) and Lauren Hart (keys) pumps up the tunes with a more organic groove.
For those waiting for a disc that more represents the live show, this is the one.