With the perpetually sound of being fed up with everything life can throw at them, it could be misconstrued that Slowcoaches couldn’t really care less. Even the bands name gives off the message of “meh” but the results of the London-based trio speaks louder than any preconceived views they may give off.
The band’s debut record, Nothing Gives, is fast and furious from the off, and packs a punch which is full of punk rock grit with a catchy edge.
Their moody, melodic punk has one foot in 70s garage and the other in modern crunchy post-punk, but with the lyrical content which tackles everything from break-ups, breakdowns, a pre-mid life crisis, a drug induced mental illness and falling out with friends – Nothing Gives touches all bases.
When listening to the record you can instantly feel the intensity the band gives off, and you wouldn’t think that vocalist and bassist Heather Perkins suffers from severe anxiety and has experienced panic attacks since the age of seven with the way she delivers her vocals. But it is probably the channelling of this energy which gives them a reliability, which for many bands is half the battle.
The lyrics are sandwiched nicely between fuzzy guitar tones and upbeat rhythmic drums which gives those tracks with darker subject matter a fun, upbeat vibe.
From the opening track, ‘Living Out’, Slowcoaches will have you nodding along with the rhythm, but it is the lyrics which really hit home; “should have been more interesting” and “I’m living out the best years of my life”, touching on themes of life’s struggles and the battle of trying to fit in. It’s a common theme throughout Nothing Gives, each time delivered and packaged within some form of musical hook.
A prime example is in the song ‘We’re So Heavy’ where Perkins’ repetitive cry of “I don’t care” sounds very catchy, but the message is loud and clear.
It is also worth giving an honourable mention to the singles from the album ‘Drag’, ’54’ and ‘Norms & Values’, which will have helped raise the bands profile. But to Slowcoaches credit every single track hits the nail on the head, making it hard to pick any particular stand-out – they are all worth mentioning.
Nothing Gives is fast, furious, clatteringly majestic and downright fun debut full length record – a late contender for album of the year.
Nothing Gives is out on December 2rd via Leisure & District