London, UK punk three-piece Slowcoaches, a new signing to Sonic Unyon Records, has forged a flint-hard reputation in the time-honoured crucible of dank rock clubs, sweaty festivals and endless road work. "Found Down" is the raw, raucous new release from the take-no-prisoners trio, and it speaks directly to that difficult path.
Of the song, bassist-vocalist Heather Perkins says: “It’s about how the ‘struggle’ of the artist is glamourised by mainstream labels via the media in order to sell records. And it’s about how mundane and frustrating the day-to-day reality of that struggle can actually be, whether that’s mental, financial or something else.”
“When I wrote ‘Found Down’,” Perkins recently told Dice, “a few of my friends had decided to stop playing in bands and stop doing anything creative because they felt pressured by their family/work/partners to ‘grow up’ and start being serious about making money and sorting their lives out.
“At that time, I was really struggling to manage my mental health/social life/job/music/money and I could see how taking the creative stuff out of the equation could make my life easier in a lot of ways,” she added. “But I couldn’t face the thought of giving up this thing that gives me a sense of purpose. So when I was writing I was really trying to work out what that driving force is that makes some people want to create art and why there seems to be such a pull between making art and being this ‘domestic’ adult, and the factors that make it difficult whether that’s money, time or mental health. And how to achieve a balance so that these things can exist and thrive together.”
The track embodies a driving force all its own. “Found Down” is a full-bore earworm of buzzing intensity that finds the band — Perkins at the fore, backed by the formidable talents of guitarist Oliver Shortland and drummer Sean Hughes — focused and relentless, all furious cathartic energy barely contained within the confines of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it running time. Not for nothing has the band's snarling sound and cutting lyrical voice earned comparisons to forebears like Buzzcocks, The Damned or new world spawn like Germs, Black Flag and Mudhoney.
Slowcoaches' Found Down EP is available to stream and download now and will be available soon in a limited seven-inch edition, backed with their cover of Misfits’ horror-punk classic "Skulls". An expanded pressing of the band's crushing debut LP, Nothing Gives, will follow; pressed on limited edition transparent-and-green-splatter vinyl, the album will be released on June 29 via Sonic Unyon Records.
SLOWCOACHES ON TOUR
May 11 • London, UK • George Tavern
May 27 • London, UK • Raw Power Festival
June 5 • Brighton, UK • Green Door Store
June 7 • Hamburg, DE • Booze Cruise
June 8 • Nuremberg, DE • Desi
June 9 • Amsterdam, NL • Vondelbunker
June 21 • Leeds, UK • Chunk
June 23 • Sheffield, UK • Delicious Clam