I have been finding out about The Slumdogs…
and what inspired their latest track, Cut the Conversation Short. They tell me how they came together and started making music; what the music scene is like in Blackpool; if there are any gigs coming up – they highlight some new artists to watch.
I ask what sort of music they grew up around and whether they ever get time to chill; the advice they would give to artists emerging; which act they would support given the chance – the guys end the interview by selecting a song each.
Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?
We’re all good! Been busy preparing for shows, releases and all that jazz.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourselves, please?
We’re The Slumdogs; a raw Indie-Punk four-piece from sunny Blackpool; coming to a town near you.
How did The Slumdogs get together? When did it all start?
I (Bobby) knew Elliot previously from a band we were in and met Cam and Will through a band they were in a few years ago. Those bands fell apart and The Slumdogs was born.
Cut the Conversation Short is your new single. Can you reveal the story behind it?
Musically, we just wanted to write something that sounds explosive and you can jump to. The lyrics are somewhat of a social commentary on modern life - but without being political at all.
How did The Slumdogs hook up with Gary Powell’s 25 Hour Convenience Store?
We sent them our debut single (Nightmare) and invited them to a London show we had at Nambucca. The show went well and here we are!
Is there going to be more material from the band soon?
Yes. We’ve a single out on the 17th August and much more planned before the end of the year release-wise. Stay tuned.
What sort of music did you all grow up around? Who are your musical idols?
When it comes to songwriting; John Lennon is the main man. Lyrically, Bob Dylan is up there too. We all love Funk, Punk and anything that makes you move.
You are based between Blackpool and Leeds. I have not heard many bands come out of Blackpool. What is the scene like there now?
Blackpool is actually a lot better than people think! it just doesn’t get the media attention of a Manchester or Liverpool but there’s bands such as Strange Bones and Nana White Pepper, amongst others, who are doing really good things at the moment. Leeds is craz-good; a very D.I.Y. scene with incredible bands, venues and events in every corner.
Do you think there will be touring dates? Can we catch you play?
Definitely. We have a big hometown show at Bootleg Social on 25th August with Proletariat and The Brookes. After that, there’ll be announcements about shows further afield. Keep an eye on our Facebook for details of where and when.
If you each had to select an album that means the most to you; which would they be and why?
Bobby: John Lennon - Walls and Bridges
Cam: Queen - A Night at the Opera
Will: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ debut album (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
Elliot: The Beatles - Abbey Road
Have you each got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
When IDLES came to Blackpool, the energy in the room was insane. They sold out Bootleg Social. They’re a band that speaks about important topics and to have them sell out our local venue was inspiring.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
It would have to be The Rolling Stones, wouldn’t it? I can’t imagine they have a low budget for a rider… I’d be asking for new guitars, amps; champagne…the lot!
What advice would you give to artists coming through?
Write constantly and get out there and meet people. Stay true to yourself and, most importantly, don’t be a ****!
IN THIS PHOTO: Dream Wife
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
By going to the Pleasure Beach and eating Blackpool rock.
Finally, and for being good sports; you can each choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
W: Hey Heartbreaker by Dream Wife
E: Arms & Legs by Horsey
C: Arms of Pleonexia by Cabbage
B: L'Etat C'est Moi by The Blinders
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