SA is not short of bands. SA Rocks has started to attract these bands and I love it. At least once a week I’m being e-mailed by bands and promoters with new sounds, funks, vibes, feelings and more and I love it.
Music is a strong part of my life, everyday it motivates me and moves me to do more, create, love, live, thrive and anything else. Everything I do involves music. So from my side send them on, if you know of anyone who is looking for some exposure for their band or a friends band, send them to my way!
The Slickers (love the name) are the latest band to contact me asking for some exposure. I am always more than happy to assist.
Here’s the press release:
If you haven’t yet heard the musical genius of Jozi band The Slickers, prepare yourself for the best arrangement of American alternative rock with a definite “British” sensibility and attitude.
Strongly influenced by his passion for British music, lead singer and songwriter Billy White delivers original vocals, strong melody and hook-driven choruses synonymous with the Britpop sound.
This, coupled with Verny’s guitar delivery, arrangements and production, gives the added dimension of an American influence. It’s the Arctic Monkeys fused with the art-rock of Blur, delivered with a rock sound one might expect from The Stone Roses. Not many bands can pull off this bittersweet sound with such aplomb, but it’s the maturity and depth of talent within The Slickers that makes their sound so original and authentic.
The band is made up of five members, Billy, the singer songwriter, Jp on lead guitar, Anton on bass and Roger on drums. The fifth member, Verny (on lead guitar), is a founding member of the double platinum selling band “Just Jinger” and no stranger to success.
“I am proud to be a member of The Slickers, and believe that the band has what it takes both with the talent of its musicians, and strength of its original compositions to attain great success both in South Africa and abroad. Our growing fan-base who support us at all our live performances are testament to the success which lies ahead for The Slickers,” says Verny.
Here’s what I think:
I dig their vibe, the sound is different, to say the least. There seems to be a bit of britpop influence floating around as well as an old school 60′s twang that rears it’s head in the rhythm guitar in the track “I feel fine”.
This is such an overused and rarely-understood phrase but The Slickers have a very eclectic sound. I want to say Nirvana, Foo fighters, The Parlotones all infused in to one sound when I listen to “Normal”.
The sound is listenable, interesting and different and I love that. I also love bands that try to pay homeage to the old masters with a ting or twang here and there.
I do have criticism that centres around some basic SA music insights. The sound feels too simply, under-produced and rough. This could be attributed to a lack of funding in production, it could be an intentional goal of their sound but I think that if/when a band tries to sound rough and raw they need to produce it in such a way so that it sounds unintentionally purposed, Like the Arctic Monkeys.
All in all I would/will buy this album if it’s out there. I think you should too.
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