Mercury Lane 2:490:00 / 2:49
Why so Slack?
When the band first formed, a state of slackness felt like a fitting response to the self-indulgent angst and seriousness that stained the late nineties. Hence the name.
Slacks are not about shirking off but will shirk off like the wind when it's called for. We do not condone laziness but rather promote a broad spectrum relaxation.
In 2008, two singer-songwriter-goodtime-guitarists, who were in free-fall, collided with a recently band-less rhythm-section to become the powerful proactivecrastinators of purposeful inertia and popular music that you see before you today.
The two Armstrongs write the songs but they write in isolation, rarely working together during the writing stages. As a result, two distinctly different styles of Slack are present.
In complete contrast, the development of each song is highly collaborative. All band members work the quality control knobs, contributing musical ideas and expertise and keeping each other in check.
This vital piece of Slacks wisdom - four heads are better than one - lies at the heart of theSlacks modus operandi.
When it comes to the songs themselves, they are often narrative style observations, vignettes or character studies. Slacks songs are lyrically potent, often illusively upbeat or deceptively dark.
Mercury Lane, a jaunty, Kinksian observation of moral decay in Auckland city is one example of the music belying the lyric.
The recording process tends to be malleable but 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 the verve and fervour that makes them seem greener than they are cabbage-looking.
Now veterans of the whanau-friendly festival circuit, theSlacks are stretching their satchel of tricks to spread their irreverent rockabilly-blues (celtic-country-ska-folk) boogie-woogie-swing style farther and wider.
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.