Slow Wake

was conceived in Cleveland, Ohio amidst the chaos and turmoil of the Covid pandemic by guitarists Dan Simone (Black Spirit Crown) and Matt Merchant. As the world seemed to collapse around them, the two long-time friends convened to process what they were experiencing by finally starting that band they’d been talking about for years. What emerged from those first few jam sessions was an intriguing blend of styles, Matt’s post-rock/americana and Dan’s stoner doom offering compelling counterpoint to each other in passages that were simultaneously ethereal and psychedelic, yet powerful and cathartic. 

The duo were soon joined by bassist Joe Fortunato (Sparrowmilk, Venomin James) and drummer Jeff Larch (Black Spirit Crown, Reginleif) and the riffs did flow. What emerged was a blend of post-rock, doom, heavy psych and outer space that thrilled and captivated fans of heavy music.  The band hit the ground running with their first show in June of 2021 and proceeded to play relentlessly throughout the region with heavy hitters such as Lo-Pan, Frayle, Telekinetic Yeti, Heavy Temple, Caustic Casanova and Howling Giant, as well as an appearance at the Ohio Doomed and Stoned Fest. Independent label and co-organizers of the “Post.Festival” and “dunk!USA”, A Thousand Arms Music, included the song “In Waves” on their “Open Language: Volume VII” compilation to a wide audience of post fans.

In February of 2023 Slow Wake announced their signing with Argonauta Records to re-release their self-produced debut "Falling Fathoms" in physical formats. 


"Slow Wake don’t seem to be shy about letting the guitars do a bit of dreaming... which rests organically alongside the corresponding heft." : JJ Koczan - The Obelisk


"Slow Wake weaves complex musical imagination with top-notch instrumental work that really comes alive..." : Steve Howe - Outlaws of the Sun