Why so Slack?
Every day, we're all forced to deal with the garish modern safety dance.
So cut yourself some slack.
Born of wool shed piss-ups and coastal kick-backs, theSlacks have only ever really been interested in playing live.
The original idea behind the band was to instigate, facilitate and lubricate a space where everyone could cut loose, get slack and relax.
Early on, theSlacks converged on Auckland, kicking around Grey Lynn where Suppressed Inventions, their first album, was recorded.
These days, theSlacks can be found in beautiful Oakura, working on their third album and planning their fourth.
Armstrongs write songs but not together. As a result, two distinctly different styles of Slack are present.
With lyrics that are often heavier than the sound might suggest, Slacks deliver vignettes, character studies and sing-a-longs dressed in the colours of fizz-pop, country-ska and pub-rock.
In complete contrast to the writing of the songs, the development of each song is highly collaborative.
In the studio, all band members act as quality control knobs, bringing ideas and expertise, keeping each other in check and adding to the flavour.
The recording process tends to be malleable. A lot is laid down as a group, especially vocals. The immediate connection between people is an important ingredient in theSlacks vibe.
Live Sounds Like..
Buffed with a charming rough polish, theSlacks are at once gentle and hard as stone, delivering danceable beats, joyful indie-pop and a welcoming vibe that resonates with questing minds in these testing times.
Are We Experienced?
Early on, theSlacks cut their teeth in the pubs around Auckland town. There was no circuit back then and theSlacks worked it hard. It's where Marky learned to read a crowd.
Radio, TV, Studio, Live on Stage, Sync or swim, theSlacks have done it all. Seasoned professionals with a verve and fervour that makes them seem greener than they really are.
7 Mar 2020 - Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.
1 Feb 2020 - King Beats, Kingston.
18 Jan 2020 - Summer Nights, Stratford.
3 Mar 2019 - Spirit Festival, Waimauku.
3 Nov 2018 - Nelson Cider Festival.
18 Mar 2018 - Music In Parks, Helensville River Reserve.
17 Mar 2018 - WOMAD, New Plymouth.
10 Mar 2018 - Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.
18 Jan 2018 - Festival of Lights, Pukekura Park.
25 Aug 2017 - Taranaki Arts Festival, Spiegeltent.
20 Jan 2016 - Festival of Lights, Pukekura Park.
1 Jan 2016 - Prana Festival, Coromandel.
28 Jan 2015 - Luminate, Takaka.