Preview – Slurs – The Northumberland Arms Newcastle – 15-10-16


Slurs’ brand new spanking EP ‘Badmouth’ is unleashed on 15th October and what better way to celebrate with the band than to get down to The Northumberland Arms on Saturday night for the official launch?

Slurs began as bassist and vocalist Mark Simpson, guitarist and vocalist Fintan Dawson and a drum machine, but having now added Bong drummer Mike Smith to the fold, they have progressed immeasurably in a short space of time, with a raw power that elevates their already melodious indie pop (listen to Human Enough – below – for evidence of that) into a slacker-rock post-punk energy fest that, given the right breaks, could well see them be the next big thing to spread their wings and fly from the North-East onto the national stage.

The ‘Badmouth EP’ itself packs six songs into twenty-four minutes and is as well balanced as it sounds. Opening track and future single ‘Ordinary Man’ is an absolute banger with a chorus that will worm its way right down your lugs and have you humming it for hours, if not days.

Taking aim at a variety of societal ills, there’s a steel to Slurs’ pop that is fairly uncommon. Homelessness, tax evasion, current affairs; they’re all fair game. Add spiky guitars, jarring rhythms and a Top of the Pops chorus, Slurs up the sing-a-long stakes again with ‘Blakelaw.’

Where Slurs previous releases were on the lighter end of the spectrum; their expansion from a duo to a trio has coincided with a musical maturity that brings to mind Pavement, Joy Division, The Wedding Present and Weezer all at the same time. Not too shabby!

Support on the night comes from Newcastle’s premier electronic/rock duo Massa Confusa, Carlisle’s uber-cool Asian Babes and noisy eclecticism from Cheap Lunch. Entry is £4

Slurs’ Badmouth EP will be available digitally and on cassette from 15th October.

Photographer – Nick Wesson

Nick Wesson

Nick Wesson

Photojournalist and reluctant opinion giver.
Owner of the actual clock that Bill Haley used to rock around.
Always having to give Electric Wizard 50p for the meter.
Gave Heartbreak Hotel a five star review on Trip Advisor.
Nick Wesson

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