No matter what’s ‘on trend’ in the world of music, raw energy and drive is always going to go down pretty well, which is good news for Slowcoaches. they’re a three piece from the wilds of Leeds, Yorkshire, and they’ve not been together for too long. It’d be easy to say it’s a wide-eyed naivety that is mirrored in their sound, but that evokes a kind of meandering folky wonderment that is joyously absent their repetoire. Together, they make songs that are short and sharp, destined to be labelled riot grrrl due to the fact that one of them is female and, well, they sound like a pretty good riot grrrl band. If 80’s revisionism is over, then this is the decent parts of the 90’s being revamped and reimagined, though this time they’re curiously not terrible.
Anyway, they’ve not got a lot of gigs under their belt, but by the few accounts available, they’re getting better and they are trying. Only a few weeks ago they were mopping up a set at Yes Way festival, organised by London trend setters Upset the Rhythm, which tells you all you need to know about how good they are. This is the kind of racket that would probably upset your mother, but there’s absolutely no chance of them slowly winning her over like The Libertines probably did when you had the phase of loving them seven years ago. Let’s all move on, and whilst we’re doing so, it’s probably best if we listen to Slowcoaches.
Slowcoaches – Fuzzy Felt [download from neu]