SLONK – ‘Losing My Mind On The Outside Of Everything’.
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The city of Bristol will never cease to provide those in need of new musical talent from Punk to Indie and Metal to Post-Rock and beyond. SLONK, is the brain child of Milos Planes bedroom-Punk Joe Sherrin and primarily exists to explore all the varied and progressive music that inhabits his more than apparent creative mind and all its obvious – and I have no issue in saying this – Fugazi-isms.
The 1st December will mark the next chapter in the SLONK story as Mr. Sherrin makes it harder and harder for anyone to describe what is going on within the persona of SLONK and especially within the unique and direct way of recording, that being via one microphone and over single weekend, including mixing.
This seven-track album takes in a number of notable influences, the Punk-Rock and Post-Hardcore honesty and determination is one within much of the lyrical content and musical style. The first track with its up-beat Punk-Rock rhythms, vintage Fugazi structure and lead guitars oddly reminiscent of Blink-182 shows this variety. It is a track with a clear message and grievance doing its best stay positive despite all that is stacked against it.
I can’t help but hear so much of Guy Picciotto in the SLONK vocals in the more emotive and sombre ‘Carousel’, as it boasts one of the best on the record even after the colossal sing-a-long of its predecessor. The melodic guitar work is notable here and you can’t help but feel this more Emo sound is something you’d want more of.
‘The Sad King’ and ‘Blackboard take layered vocals over more and more honest catharsis layered and conditioned in “cheerful”delivery despite its very relatable and bleak outlook. Mental health is a serious thing and so is talking about it. Once again, the Fugazi influence is strong here as SLONK emulate more and more of the timeless influence without sounding anything close to poor or a rip-off in the slightest.
Don’t look to this release if you’r expecting frantic Punk-Rock or Post-Hardcore in its more traditional and gratuitous form, rather intelligent and eclectic recordings.
In many ways, despite its obvious personal influence and inspiration, Losing My Mind On The Outside Of Everything is in very many ways in with the bleak social-outlook a lot of Punk and arguably general musicians of the now in a sort of personal yet social commentary. Morning Glory/Ezra Kire fans would do well to indulge in SLONK.
I could rattle on for quite sometime on why this DIY release is really very good. I could rattle on for quite sometime why the spirit of Punk and underground music generally is captured here or I could just leave you with everything SLONK so far below and get on with my day.
The latter shall suffice, get to know SLONK and prepare for another sterling addition to the eclectic and diverse Bristol underground music scene. Bedroom-Pop never sounded so good.
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