Formed of Niall Clancy (bass, vocals), Aaron Duff (guitars) and Paul Cosgrave (drums), early demos of ‘Demons’ and Cooper’s Dream were immediately praised by fans and caught the attention of London label Straight Lines Are Fine, who in the summer of 2015 recorded their sell-out debut EP ‘Cathedral’ at the Manic Street Preachers’ FASTER studio in Cardiff with Vanbergen. Critically acclaimed, the release showcased the band’s commanding and ferocious poise whilst allowing each member’s contribution to smoulder with equal intensity, but it was live that the primal, bone-rattling force of the songs became evident.
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.
The band has been hotly tipped by tastemakers on both sides of the Irish Sea, with Drowned In Sound, Q Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, and The Irish Times, amongst many others citing them for big things.‘ Trophy Wife’ earned the band plaudits from Shaun Keaveny on the 6Music Breakfast Show, Radio X, Absoluteand was a mainstay on the band’s native Today FM with DJ Paul McLoone declaring Slow Riot to be “my new favourite Irish band”,
"Inventive slab of fuzzy, at times ethereal but mostly noise-infused post-punk.”– Drowned In Sound
“Slow Riot join the ranks of Eagulls and Savages at the forefront of a new breed of bands fusing danceable beats with dark-pop sentiments.”– The Line Of Best Fit
“With an electric, Strokes-esque vibe... 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