Brooding post-punk trio Slow Riot formed against the backdrop of a nationwide recession in their native Ireland in late 2013. The irony of their hometown Limerick being awarded ‘City Of Culture’ a few months later was not lost on them, the band channelling their frustrations into a 3min post-punk sardonic paean to what was happening around them. And it’s this blast of angular, chiming guitars and half spoken / half shouted vocals that will act as the band’s debut single in 2015.
Infusing post-punk influences - Gang of Four, Television, Wire - with more contemporary bands such as Girl Band and Future of the Left, dark, swooning guitars are layered over deep, rumbling bass tones reminiscent of the early garage-rock of The Horrors, whilst the unorthodox songwriting keeps the sound totally refreshing.
‘City Of Culture’, and the forthcoming ‘Cathedral’ EP from which it is taken, were both recorded at the Manic Street Preachers’ FASTER studio in Cardiff with producer Kevin Vanbergen.
‘City Of Culture’ turns the title on its head, a bass-heavy monster which recalls future of the left, Wire or even Dublin contemporaries Girl Band.” – Clash Magazine
“With an electric, Strokes-esque vibe, “City of Culture” finds the Irish post-punk outfit Slow Riot building up the momentum they’ve already capitalized on in the past year.” – PopMatters
"a turbulent post-punk slug." - Q Magazine
“Limerick post-punk band burn with sound and fury.” – Nialler9