Within society different cultures grow and develop over time, to examine a fleeting moment is to examine the always changing slang. The Slang brings about an uncommon perspective within the ordinary with their debut self-titled EP. Does this new band stand out among the alternative rock scene or are their words lost in the commotion of the crowd?
The Slang is fronted by two individuals, vocalist/ multi-instrumentalist John Bobo and bassist John Newsome. In Columbus Ohio the two have developed a sound and flow that contains many different mainstream inspirations. It could mostly clearly be identified as a layered meeting ground between alternative rock and power pop.
“How can you sacrifice what’s dead?”
Come Fall 2014 the band will be going on tour to support the new EP. Two new members, Michael Dillion on drums and Matt Thiedt on the keys/ guitar will be joining for live shows. The five track EP dropped September 2, 2014 and was recorded at the Cutting Room, in New York.
“Far From Over” starts off the EP on a rather upbeat pace and gets comfortable quickly, establishing a full and atmospheric sound. “Rule the World” Begins very simplistically in both guitar and drums. Together the blend creates a beat that ends with a pause, like a hiccup, which expands into something bigger. This is where The Slang feels most comfortable, which is amazing because such a breakdown towards the end is not “Coldplay” status long, but comfortably long.
“Feels Like Work” is the only track from the album to get a music video. It feels remarkably like Jimmy Eat World. The slow vocal start-up with echoing guitar and a building drum beat really pack on the tension.
Five songs are a starting point, it is the first stair in a long spiraling staircase. The Slang have focused their abilities into something more definable than most. That is to say that they do not spread out too far, their musical similarities are with multiple bands that are not worlds apart. After only five songs it is difficult to create a powerful enough essence to identify but, The Slang has done so. Slow starts, simple vocals that can be happily sung with, instrumental break downs that end with a hopefulness note brought about by words, and a full sound that surrounds the listener; this is The Slang.
Surprisingly, the sound quality of The Slang is beautifully polished. Most debut attempts do not have near the same amount of clarity. A lot has obviously gone into making The Slang something to be proud of. Musically, it reaches into the mainstream, grabs ahold of a familiar sound and stares at it intently until it becomes something else entirely. There is a strong possibility that lots of different music fans will be able to enjoy The Slang in some manner.
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