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Slowcoaches are outright liars: they move much too quickly to inhabit that name. Debut record Nothing Gives is in fact a torrential set of songs, throwing bad-time lyrics at you with good-time energy. Basically this is DIY punk made just the way you like it, with noisy production and no nonsense. Vinyl release on Leisure & District.

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Nothing Gives by Slowcoaches
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9 people love this record. Be the 10th!
8/10 Robin Staff review, 11 January 2017

Slowcoaches are the kinda noise rock band I wouldn’t mind living downstairs from: they’re not actually that loud, they mostly favour hooks and their thrash is relatively quaint. I wouldn’t tell them to keep it down. On ‘Nothing Gives’, their fast but weirdly also very clear-cut tunes pop with the same distorted courage as Sauna Youth and Menace Beach, the guitars playing strings of chords that come out in one big mushy slab, while choice additives and the enigmatic vocals of Heather Perkins act as points of punk reference.

Which is not to say that they don’t like to switch things up -- the extreme self-awareness of titling a track “We’re So Heavy” is matched with actually following through on being heavy for once, as they eschew their thunderously fast noise pop for an intro of crushing doom, laying the distortion thick and lifting off from the drumkit for the ultimate faceplant into it. The song then descends into their usual fare of no frills cruising, but matches it with a flare of a hook that recalls Dananananaykroyd making toy noise.

Actually, they kinda get exponentially catchier as it goes on -- they match their gnarlier riffs and bass lines with brighter moments and start to offer chord sequences of greater pop-punk capacity, such as on “Thinkers”, which shreds like Husker Du but sinks in like a Joanna Gruesome tune -- hardcore tinged but emotionally impacting, these tunes move fast and sink in with you later. Much obliged.


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