Slum of Legs are a self described queer noise - pop band who make danceable music perfect for a night down Wharf Chambers. They come from Brighton (natch) and blend a fragmented cut up approach to their music with a similar aesthetic to their artwork. This is their debut full length which is as melodic as it is experimental and as compassionate as it is furious with the ways of the world. Think the Shaggs, Erase Errata, ESG.
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There’s something about a searing hot violin melody that absolutely destroys me. When the Geraldine Fibbers do it, when the Afghan Whigs do it, when Arab Strap do it, and now when Slum Of Legs do it. There’s a lot going on their debut album, but it’s that damn violin that just keeps pulling me in.
As an instrument it does poised very well, just take a look at the canon of Western classical music. But there’s something else the composers of yore knew, the instrument is deeply expressive. One of my favourite records from last year was Daniel Pioro’s performance of a Bach piece, and the violinist on ‘Slum Of Legs’ could probably go toe to toe with Pioro for sheer expressiveness. The shredding on ‘White Leather’ is just immense.
Of course, there’s more to Slum Of Legs than just a violin. They’re a heavy noise pop group, guitars and drums and that, but also a synthesiser adding an extra bit of texture like those wet bubbly sounds on ‘In Yr Love’. And there is also their pop side, ‘RU The 14 Me’ (a title my bad brain couldn’t make any sense of till I heard them sing it) has a real ear worm of a chorus, supplemented by the requisite “woah woah”s.
But it’s that violin that keeps taking my breath away, that adds that final thrilling touch to these already thrilling songs.
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