Slack Alices are a group of young upstarts ready to pick up their instruments and scream into a microphone. Formed in late 2017 with a mutual love for The Cramps, Joy Division, Misfits, and Sex Pistols, they signed to Midnight Hallucination Records, releasing their debut single Devils Whore in October 2018. Read on to find out more about the band and their music.
Slack Alices have started out strong with singles Devils Whore and Dying Moment, solidifying their sound further with Tasteful and House Of Windsor. After a spell of gigs and self-promotion, the band released a solid follow up entitled Kama Sutra, two minutes and twenty seconds of ‘no bollocks punk rock.’ This band is a serious one to watch as they expand out of their native Manchester to be a staple of the UK punk scene.
What made you want to get into music?
Cool as fuck innit!
What inspires you to write?
Listening to other musicians/other musical styles; Marcus King, Billy Strings, Sierra Ferrell, and Shakey Graves for example. Not exactly punk but what’s life without a bit of variety?
What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?
In my previous band we played three-hour sets every goddamn weekend in St. Helens. It was fun at first and there was never a dull night but when Seven Nation Army gets its fourth request of the night it kind of sucks at your soul and not in the place you want it to.
What has been the best and worst gig you’ve ever played?
We’ve had some pretty terrible ones in Sheffield.
When will you feel like you achieved success as a band?
If I wanted success I wouldn’t play punk!
What was the last album you listened to?
Live. Breathe. Build. Believe. – The Skints. Fucking great album and a great band
If you could support anyone, who would it be and why?
Slaves- just so I can go see them for free. The amount of energy those two people can bring to a room full of hundreds is insane.
What other bands or musicians do we need to be checking out right now?
KATZ are good, Nosebleed are immense- put on one hell of a show.
How is lockdown impacting the band?
It’s given us a decent break to chill out & write some new tunes. We have some decent gigs lined up at Peer Hat in Manchester with Bone Shaker, and The Unholy Messtival in Leicester. Neither has been called off so hopefully we’ll still be able to get in there.
What would you change about the industry?
Modern production without a doubt. I hate how it’s all so polished and focused around perfection. Let the musicians be heard. If it’s out of time drums or an out of tune guitar, it adds to the charm and brings out some personality. Not just another programmed drum sample with auto-tuned vocals.
Talk us through the idea behind the new track.
The first bass player (Nathan) wrote the original riff and three bass players later the song has evolved into what it is now. The new single Kama Sutra will be the lead track of a soon to be announced EP. We wanted to release a track early to get a bigger amount of interest for the full release.
Cassettes, CD, Vinyl, download or stream?
Vinyl. We actually have a vinyl of our last single Tasteful. You can pick up a copy here.)