Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rockabilly Riot - The Slingshots

I might be a little sentimental when it comes to this band. You see, when my now husband and I first started dating after five years of friendship, this is the record he always had playing in his car wherever we'd go. I may have gotten attached... just a little. But in all fairness, it's not just my warm ooey gooey memories that make me adore the Slingshots. It's mostly because the second you hear it you're in love with the sound. You seriously can't be a lover of rockabilly and NOT want to listen to them nonstop. Taken from their official website:

Formed in Sheffield in 1984, The Slingshots launched themselves onto the burgeoning rockabilly scene with gusto and quickly became a band in demand. Often seen playing at some of the most prestigious events as well as local appearances, and always incorporating their own original material into their sets, the band impressed many with carefully crafted lyrics and arrangements -a tradition that they still maintain today. With the departure of the original bass player, Johhny Wood, the band failed to capitalise on their reputation and spent a number of years in the doldrums.
In 1999, performing as a drummer-less trio, Raucous Records released their album "Feels So Right", which contains many original compositions, including the seminal classic "Steamhammer Jones". This lineup took them through the following 10 years, but again, they remained out of the wider public eye.
From 2010, armed once more with a drummer and a new bass player, the Slingshots are, once again, back to traditional four-piece format. Armed with a slew of new songs, and revitalised energy, the Slingshots are still hard at work, playing the music they love, whenever possible, and picking up very positive comments wherever they play.

I'm also a big fan of their early 'bedroom sessions'...

Can you see why that's one of my favorite rockabilly vocalists of all time now?!

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