Irish post-punk outfit Slow Riot have finally released their much anticipated debut album G.A.D but the release is bittersweet. It is a record that more than delivers on the huge promise of their early singles & EPs but having disbanded in 2018, it is hard to believe this is likely the last we’ll hear from the Limerick band.
The album, like previous releases, channels classic post-punk influences – Gang of Four, Television, Wire – combined with more contemporary bands such as Interpol. Girl Band and Future of the Left; into a bold, peerless and sometimes seething sound that unrepentantly reside on the darker side of post punk. ‘Heaven’s Daughter’ is the lead single and one of many highlights on G.A.D. It is intense, epic and driven as stunning layers of burning guitars keep pace with the unrelenting rhythm as Clancy’s passionate brogue delivers a layer of lyrical darkness which soars above. It is a massive, massive tune that wields a mighty power, and is quintessentially Slow Riot.
It is such a shame that this will likely be the last we’ll hear from them but on a positive note at least we have G.A.D to console ourselves with and just in case it hasn’t been clear enough already; it is a superb record and a hell of way to bow out.
Listen to ‘Heaven’s Daughter’ below and then head over here to listen to the album.