Irish post-punk trio Slow Riot – Niall Clancy (formerly of The Vagabonds), Aaron Duff & Paul Cosgrave – are releasing their debut single, ‘City Of Culture’, via Straight Lines Are Fine on July 10th.
Having already shared some promising demos with world, ‘City Of Culture’ offers a perfect introduction (or re-introduction) to the band. A sarcastic ode to the cultural status bestowed upon their native Limerick in 2014, ‘City Of Culture’, combines classic post-punk influences of Gang of Four, Television, Wire, while conjuring up the likes of Girl Band, The Rakes, Sluts of Trust and Future of the Left at different points song, for a fired-up, raucous three-and-half-minutes of post-punk. Exploding out of the blocks with ferocious vitality and energy, Clancy’s apathetic yet angry vocals are buried in the midst of dark, bass-heavy rumblings, layers of sharp guitars and searing noise. Dark, brooding and bone-rattling; impressive stuff indeed.
‘City Of Culture’ is taken from their forthcoming Cathedral EP, due later in the year, both were recorded at the Manic Street Preachers’ FASTER studio in Cardiff with producer Kevin Vanbergen. For now, there’s the no so small matter of ‘City Of Culture’. Check it below.