SLOWCOACHES – Lucky 7
LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…
Today, it’s the turn of a new band to me, that I found via the outspoken, compelling Twitter feed of leader Heather Perkins. They’re a self-styled “London-based punk-fuelled slack metal trio” and that’ll do for me. I’ve been listening to a ton of Babes In Toyland lately, and they come some way close to their punky morass. Right up Velvet Sheep fanzine’s autobahn (way faster than a strasse), the appositely titled and anything but Slowcoaches….
They put out an album called “Nothing Gives” at the tail end Charlie of last year, and have a single out now called “Living Out” (a brand new video out today, see the Lucky 7th choice). They’re also playing in London on 3rd March at The Gun Factory. I thought I’d ask them for a Lucky 7, and they did not disappoint, choosing some previous Velvet Sheep guests The Jesus Lizard (Duane Denison) and recent Lucky 7 stars Sleaford Mods, plus some other surefire favs, so let’s get stuck in (2 choices each, working nicely for a power trio!) starting with:
1. Wipers – Mystery
A perfect pop song from one of the greatest bands of all time. Its got that thing where it feels like it should be twice as long and you just want to play it again and again.
2. Sleaford Mods – Jobseeker
Being from Long Eaton I feel like I’m allowed to be proud of these guys. It doesn’t really give me that right. I have a really short attention span but I literally couldn’t stop watching the first time I saw them. One of the most intense and engaging performances I’ve ever seen.
3. Jay Reatard – Night of Broken Glass
This was the first Jay Reatard song that I heard and when it stopped I must have played it through again about five times. It’s a short song but there’s so much to listen to and engage with. There’s so much tension and rawness there but its not aggressive and doesn’t have a really big produced sound. It’s a great drumming track too!
4. The Lemonheads – The Great Big No
My older sister gave me a Lemonheads CD when I was about 13 and they’ve been one of my favourite bands ever since. Evan Dando writes great pop songs. This is the first track from the album my sister gave me called “Come on Feel the Lemonheads”. I’d never heard anything like it before. I mostly listened to Nirvana then and didn’t understand at the time that they were pop songs too, I just liked it because it was loud. So listening to this was one of the first connections I made to being able to be in a guitar band that wrote melodies.
5. The Jesus Lizard – Puss
I first listened to this song on the split with Nirvana and was hooked straight away. I love raw the guitar and vocals sound in contrast to how ‘clear’ and ‘clean’ the drums and bass sound, all thanks to Steve Albini.
6. Trash Talk – Bad Habits
Trash Talk are one of my all time favourite hardcore bands. This song I like in particular due to how in your face it is from the beginning and only just lasting over a minute is over so quickly you can’t help but listen over and over.
The Lucky 7th: Slowcoaches – Living Out video
thanks to Heather & the band. Photography by Jonny L. Davies
You can get the album “Nothing Gives” on Leisure & District here:
And more band info below: