Slowcoaches 'Nothing Gives' LP
London trio Slowcoaches are getting set to bring their debut album into the world. The fast, furious, clatteringly majestic and downright fun ‘Nothing Gives’ will be released via Leisure & District on 2nd December. With ‘Norms and Values’, the latest cut to be revealed, Slowcoaches purvey a sassy, tongue in cheek observation of aspects of the ‘punk’ community and the rules that exist within it. The accompanying video is buzzing with lo fi fun, complete with the flagrant wearing of leather jackets, white jeans and DMs as a thinly veiled piss take of the DIY punk scene.
Recorded in two frenetic days at London DIY scene hotbed Sound Savers in Homerton – “the cheapest place in London!” beams guitarist Matt Dixon - ‘Nothing Gives’ was then shipped out to Ben Hirschfield in LA to mix. “What we wanted was something that was a progression from that quite lofi sound,” explains Heather. “We wanted it poppy and also massive, and I think he’s done that really well.”
In spite of its fun sound, ‘Nothing Gives’ itself details all the bad stuff that happens in life: break-ups, breakdowns, a pre-mid life crisis, a drug induced mental illness, falling out with friends, getting way too wrecked, losing your job then desperately trying to find a job… the list goes on. “When I looked at the lyrics for this album all together I thought, ‘oh man, this is so bleak!” says frontwoman Heather, who is handily currently studying to become a therapist. However, for the listener who doesn’t quite fancy ending up in a dark pit of despair after listening, the record makes for a surprisingly upbeat collection. “It’s bittersweet, isn’t it?” shrugs Matt. See, Slowcoaches don’t wallow in their misery, they dress it up with huge riffs and full-throttle power pop panache.
Catalogue number: LDLP6
Label: Leisure & District