Q&A with Slowcoaches

Q&A with Slowcoaches

London-based trio Slowcoaches are everything their name isn’t. They are never behind, but rather are always forward. Defined by heavy melodies and riffs and dark lyrics, the band are slowly simmering their way up the rock ranks. Having headlined some of the key indie venues in the capital such as The Lexington and the Boston Music Room, and having performed at the Palace of Culture in Poland, the punk rock outfit are definitely well-travelled and promise galvanised shows full of fury.

We had the pleasure of having a quick chat about their favourite beer, the sole weekend they spent on their debut album, as well as their favourite kick-ass female artists.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN 3 WORDS.

Loud. Fast. Punk.

 

 

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

Being with my bandmates. Writing a song we’re all really into. My cat. Beer.

 

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVE BEER?

We all agree that Holsten Pils in an excellent beer for any time of the day.

 

 

WHAT MAKES YOU ANGRY?

Anxiety.

 

Photo courtesy of Priti Shikotra

WHAT WAS THE FIRST MUSIC YOU BOUGHT?

The first album I ever bought was Kill ‘Em All by Metallica and it literally changed my life. I still love this record.

 

 

AND WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LOVING AT THE MOMENT?

Raspberry Bulbs, Bugg, Hotel Lux, Broadbay, Birdskulls.

 

 

YOU’VE JUST PLAYED A HEADLINE TOUR ACROSS THE UK AND GERMANY. WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST GIG OUT OF ALL OF THEM AND WHY?

All the shows were awesome. If I had to choose maybe I’d say Berlin because I didn’t feel anxious at that show. And the crowd was so great. I get really bad anxiety when we’re on tour but there was something about the venue in Berlin (Bei Ruth), that made me feel totally at home. It was freezing cold but it just had a great DIY spirit and everyone there was so welcoming and supportive.

 

 

WHAT’S THE BEST GIG YOU’VE BEEN TO?

First time I saw my sister playing in her band. It was just amazing to see her on stage because I knew that she never thought she’d do it. I was super proud of her. They’re called Totally.

 

 

AS A BAND FROM LONDON – THE CAPITAL OF COOL FOR CULTURE AND MUSIC – CAN YOU RECOMMEND US SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE GIG VENUES IN THE CITY?

You know what, talking about venues in London is kind of hard at the moment. So many good ones have closed down. We played some cool shows this year at tiny spaces like Gun Factory Studios and Sound Savers (where we recorded our album). Its a shame that a lot of the smaller venues that used to exist, like Power Lunches, are now gone.

 

 

YOUR DIY- ETHOS MEANT YOU PRODUCED YOUR DEBUT ALBUM IN TWO DAYS, AND YOU OFTEN PRODUCE SONGS IN AN EVEN SHORTER PERIOD OF TIME. NONETHELESS, IT CREATES IMPERFECTLY PERFECT SONGS. WHY DO YOU CHOOSE THIS METHOD OF MUSIC MAKING? 

We recorded the majority of that record in a weekend, yeah. I have a very short attention span and I get bored very quickly so that’s often why we do things very fast. I also feel that some kind of ‘realness’ or ‘magic’ is lost every time you do a take. So I’m always keen to do no more than 3 or 4 takes when we’re recording. Same with writing. I think the crucial part of writing a song is the first 20 minutes when you get a riff or that tune and you’re like ‘YES THAT’S GONNA WORK’. I often just have to wait and wait til I get that spark and then its in my head, lyrics and everything and its done in like 30 mins.

 

Photo courtesy of Priti Shikotra

WHO INSPIRES YOUR MUSIC?

My bandmates Oliver and Sean inspire me to keep writing. And I inspire myself.

 

 

AND WHAT DO YOU DO TO RE-INSPIRE YOURSELF IF YOU’VE LOST YOUR MOJO WHEN WRITING?

I get really angry a lot when I’m writing because if I don’t come up with something that I think is a total banger within get first 3 minutes I get super pissed off.

My number one thing to do when I’m struggling on a song is to go for a walk. I walk a lot because I am so restless and anxious all the time. I’ll often come back with a new idea. Also, make up tutorials on YouTube. I have no idea how I got in to watching these. I don’t even like make-up that much but they’re so relaxing. Like totally brain-numbing.

 

 

HERE AT UNDERGROUND WE CHAMPION SUBVERSION AND THE RENEGADES OF THE WORLD. WHAT’S THE MOST REBELLIOUS THING YOU’VE DONE?

I once stole pick n mix from the cinema.

 

 

WE ALSO BELIEVE ITS IMPORTANT TO NURTURE AND PROMOTE SUBCULTURES. HAVE YOU EVER FELT DRAWN TO A PARTICULAR SUBCULTURE MOVEMENT?

We are a subcultural movement.

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST SINGLE ‘COMPLEX’.

This was a song that was really easy to write. Because the story developed in the media literally as I was writing it. It’s a response to the sexual assault allegations against artists that were in the press at the time I wrote it. Its about the way that music industry feeds toxic masculinity by putting male artists on a pedestal. There’s still a really dirty side to the industry, particularly with the encouragement and portrayal of male artists in rock music to god-like status. All too often, the system is adhering to an archaic, misogynistic interpretation of ‘punk’ that makes guys think they’re invincible, that they have an authority over women’s bodies.

 

 

WOMEN UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE TO WORK DOUBLY AS HARD TO GET EVEN HALF OF THE WAY AS MEN. ARE THERE ANY KICK-ASS FEMALE ACTS YOU CAN RECOMMEND US?

We played with a cool band called Pussy Liquor the other week. And another called Tongue Trap. Ummmm The Gits, The Slits, X-Ray Spex, Doe, Totally, Patti Smith, Kathleen Hanna, X, Hole, Sleater Kinney, The Wharves, Broken Water, Babe Punch, Witching Waves, Monster Treasure. I mean this list could go on forever.

 

Photo courtesy of Priti Shikotra

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE BAND?

We’re writing at the moment. Our second album comes out this year and we’ll be doing lots more touring in 2018.

 

 

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM?

It’s as much as a surprise to me every time I sit down to write it as it will be for you.

 

 

FINALLY, IF YOU COULD GO ON A SLOW-COACH TRIP ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

If I was with Sean and Oliver (my bandmates/best mates) it doesn’t really matter cause we can have a good time pretty much anywhere. As long as we can play music and there’s beer and food, we’ll just stay on the bus.

 

 

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