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“A heady mix of layered atmospherics and fuzzy pop that bodes well for the future” – Drowned in Sound
“Turbulent post-punk” – Q Magazine
“A slice of alternative pop that’s destined to fill underground clubs across the country.” – The Line Of Best Fit
Brooding post-punk trio, Slow Riot, are releasing their new single, ‘Trophy Wife’, via Straight Lines Are Fine on April 15th.
“The video for ‘Trophy Wife’ was shot up in the hills over L.A,” say the band, “We wanted to create something that was emotively striking and beautifully shot. The narrative of the song is obviously hard hitting dealing with infidelity so we wanted to recreate this in the video, ugly parts and all.”
‘Trophy Wife’ follows hot on the heels of the impressive critical reaction that accompanied the band’s debut EP, ‘Cathedral’, a record that took the post-punk influences of Slow Riot – Gang of Four, Television, Wire – and infused them with more contemporary bands such as Girl Band and Future of the Left. The new single builds on Slow Riot’s original sound with infectious hooks and a driving rhythm, recalling acts such as Eagulls and Savages in forging new-wave dance beats with dark, soaring undertones.
“Trophy wife came together very quickly and organically as a track.” The band tells us “The vocals are hard hitting, dealing with infidelity… it’s about being in a relationship with someone for all the wrong reasons. He was drawn in by her looks and she stamped on his heart. We wanted to evoke these emotions in the listener be it good or bad.”
B-Side ‘Awake For Days’ accompanies the single perfectly and highlights the bands maturity. Moving away from their shoegaze roots, singer and frontman Niall Clancy explores the laid back, art-rock groove reminiscent of Julian Casablancas and early Horrors.
The ‘Trophy Wife’ single was recorded with Kevin Vanbergen (The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s and Biffy Clyro) at Brighton’s Park Studios at the end of 2015. Vanbergen has been a regular supporter of the band since recording their debut EP and their working relationship continues to thrive, with production of the new single bringing out the best of both talents.
The bands home town of Limerick isn’t known for its musical heritage, The Cranberries being the city’s biggest musical export to date. But with local support from the likes of The Irish Times, State, Nialler9 and Whelan’s One’s To Watch building at an impressive rate Slow Riot are flying the flag for a new breed of Irish acts ready for the global stage.
18/04 – Opium Rooms, Dublin w/ Mission Of Burma
23/04 – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick
25/04 – The Waiting Room, London (free show)
Photography by Steve Gullick.
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