In 1996, the trio of recent Berklee dropouts put out their first studio album as a self-release and began establishing a dedicated fan-base through relentless touring in and around the northeast. The Slip featured a late-nineties blend of extended roots pop compositions and experimental rhythmic approaches, the band developed and found their sound through an extremely supportive local scene of artists, musicians, and actors - coupled with a rigorous, and soon national, tour schedule. An eclectic new brand of exploratory roots psych-rock emerged; Van Morrison meets Coltrane meets Talking Heads.While the band’s line-up remained consistent throughout the next few years on the road, their sound developed considerably and the instrumentation expanded radically. The SLIP grew from young, earthy avant-gardes to strong, dynamic rock composers. In the five years following their last SLIP studio release, the band also spent more and more of their time off the road in their home studios, gradually honing a new and innovative approach to recording and distilling an overall songwriting vision. So pervasive a transformation has occurred in their approach to recording and performing, in fact, that the three have even recently been accused - perhaps appropriately - of ‘changing everything short of their name’. Coming out of this, their heaviest state of growth and development in years, the band entered Q-Division Studios in Boston and began six months of utterly focused work with co-producer Mathew Ellard. The result of all these efforts is EISENHOWER. Showcasing raw passion and accessible melodic songcraft combined, the record easily stands as the most cohesive and evocative work The SLIP has released to date. EISENHOWER ranges effortlessly from intimate and hushed vocals to thunderous, big-beat anthem sincerity - all the while telling a single intense and meaningful story. Massive Lennon-esque ballads give way to angular post-punk deconstructions and gently transition off into intimate acoustic lullabies. Virtuosic surf-rock intros drift seamlessly into dusty, epic, headphone Americana - all this, and yet somehow, the story is never lost, it all ends up making sense. It is the work of a band at it’s finest: a new paradigm in wide-awake rock-realism.
Live On Stage:
Their most recent release Eisenhower landed on a lot of Best Of lists for '06 turning The Slip into the poster child of the "post-jam" movement - a term I'm not a fan of. Here they are with the single off that album - "Children of December"....
Will go with a two-fer here from the same Rolling Stone "Artist To Watch" session - "Airplane/Primitive"....
There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding these guys recently and there was a healthy debate about them over at Hidden Track a few months back after their performance on Conan - download a show and see for yourself....
The Slip - 2007-04-27 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
The Slip- 2007-03-21 - Revolution Hall - Troy, NY
The Slip - 1998-01-31 - Common Ground - Brattleboro, VT
Check out the video for "Driving Backwards With You" directed by photographer Zack Smith...
Make your way over to their official website for more info.
Sunday, April 29, 2007