Noise laden Slow Riot, are a fresh new trio on the post-punk scene, hailing from Limerick, Ireland.
Their debut single, ‘City Of Culture’ is due for release on Straight Lines Are Fine on July 10th, and Fred Perry Subculture are pleased to be able to present the exclusive premiere of their video, directed by celebrated filmmaker and photographer Steve Gullick, who famously photographed Nirvana and Oasis and recently did videos for bands such as The Wytches.
The song itself is a powerful blow of jagged, layered guitar riffs, equally thundering and soaring, with unnerving, dismayed vocals and a sense of underlying urgency and angst, resulting in a delicious, sardonic paean to the cultural status their native Limerick was awarded in 2014; City of Culture.
The song is reminicent of Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen, infusing their indebted post-punk influences - Gang of Four, Television, Wire - with more contemporary bands such as Girl Band and Future of the Left. Also drawing comparisons to the garage-rock sounds of The Horrors and the angular guitar riffs of Queens of the Stoneage, Slow Riot's sound is one of complex overlaying, building suspence and furtherance, culminating in an all-out sonic assult that leaves the listener feeling a range of emotions and curious for more.
‘City Of Culture’, and the forthcoming ‘Cathedral’ EP from which it is taken, were both recorded at the Manic Street Preachers’ FASTER studio in Cardiff under the watchful eye of producer Kevin Vanbergen, whose back catalogue includes the likes of The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s and Biffy Clyro. FASTER’s in-house engineer Loz Williams and the Manics’ James Dean Bradfield further extended a helping hand to the band, offering the use of their equipment and instruments, many of which were used in the making of past chart-topping records.