The latest single to be revealed from Slowcoaches’ forthcoming debut album is the party-fuelling ‘54’. As frontwoman Heather explains, “This one’s about our mate’s house in Leeds. The party house. Number 54. The lyrics are ‘Its a little VICE up there and sweaty down here’ Loads of people have heard those lyrics wrong. Sounds pretty gross in a few ways.”
A 7” limited to 250 copies is available on the band’s Bandcamp with B-side, a cover of Radio Birdman’s ‘New Race’, on the reverse. The fast, furious, clatteringly majestic and downright fun debut album ‘Nothing Gives’ will be released via Leisure & District on 2nd December with the band heading off on a headline tour of the UK immediately following its release. This year Slowcoaches have played with the likes of White Lung, Japandroids and Titus Andronicus. They’ve also been instigating wild parties with their live show in many a weird and wonderful location.
In spite of its overall fun-sounding aesthetic, ‘Nothing Gives’ 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 guitarist Matt.
Part of the reason for the intensity of the lyrics is the fact that Heather suffers from severe anxiety and has experienced panic attacks since the age of 7. Yet its in playing really fucking noisy music that she finds respite. “It’s really cathartic,” she explains. “No matter how shitty or depressed I feel, I can always play a show. Being really loud and abrasive helps. I’ve never had stage fright in my life – I just have normal, day-to-day fright!”
3rd Dec – Sheffield, The Picture House
4th Dec – Manchester, Sound Control
5th Dec – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
6th Dec – Hull, The Sesh at Polar Bear
7th Dec – Liverpool, Maguires Pizza Bar
8th Dec – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
9th Dec – Leeds, Brudenell Games Room
10th Dec – London, The Lexington
11th Dec – Bristol, The Louisiana