SLONK and The Forthcoming ‘Songs About Tanks’.

SLONK – Bristol, England, United Kingdom.

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Photography Credit – Simon Holliday.

Feeling sad? Trying to bathe and you keep find yourself covered in the same sad-ass records about potato faced women calling themselves Anne Frank and Buddy Holly? Well take a shower because the 90’s are over. Unless you work in Urban Outfitters that is, because right now I’m pretty sure that place is a time capsule nobody wanted to open up.

We get it, break up’s suck. You end up listening to *insertbreakuptunes* fifty times whilst drinking *insertfavouritedrink* until you end up accidentally going to your favourite club night and sleeping with a co-worker. You insist it won’t be awkward but then when you’re at work the next day and you realise your manager’s been banging her all along and he’s just found out, well… you should’ve stayed inside and got your friends to help you make a record.

This is where we get to Bristol and specifically SLONK. I am very disappointed however that Songs About Tanks¬†does not even see one ‘Ode to The T-34’ with some bleak soviet synths oscillating in the background.

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Instead SLONK’s break-up packs the punch of being hit in the chest with an 80mm shell/round *insertcorrectterminology* and by punch I mean you’ll literally die, and by death I mean it really sucks getting yourself out of a relationship, but it’s as important to get up out of it and move on. And SLONK moves on deftly.

‘We’re Both Going to Be Fine’ is the all comforting song that we all need at the beginning. Songs About Tanks works in chronological order. The opener feeds itself as an opener for some small Canadian Indie film that wont let Michael Cera soundtrack his own film because True That was “too cute”.

I like ‘How To Digest Shards’ and it’s sharp approach to “never being good enough”, a mentality that’s in the ‘best’ of relationships, while the musical feel of ‘Walking Backwards’ screams progression, not only sonically but mentally.

There’s a joyous crescendo on ‘Loratadine’, there’s quiet reflection on ‘Tin Foil’ and a calming slide guitar somewhere in the background taking you to a place you can never quite reach. This is the overall effect of the tracks on Songs About Tanks, the combined photo-book that has been produced alongside the music creates this as an art-piece, one that yearns about land over the horizon. And that’s how to create distance.

Songs About Tanks will be released via both Breakfast Records and SLONK on the 11th March with all details on the pre-order below:

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Matthew Mansell

Matthew Mansell likes to listen to music, eat Strawberry Pop Tarts and is also Cornish.

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