Following the the release of their debut single, Irish post-punk trio, Slow Riot return with another track, “Demons” taken from the forthcoming Cathedral EP on October 23rd, via Straight Lines Are Fine. The new single is set to showcase a different side to their sound.
“Demons” is made up of swooning guitars and a driving beat. Taking the Slow Riot penchant for classic songwriting and blending it with new wave hooks and a layered, climatic build reminiscent of shoegaze luminaries Ride or My Bloody Valentine.
Cathedral was recorded at the Manic Street Preachers’ FASTER studio in Cardiff under the watchful eye of producer Kevin Vanbergen, whose back catalogue includes the likes of The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, and The La’s. FASTER’s in-house engineer Loz Williams and the Manics’ James Dean Bradfield further extended a helping hand to the band, offering the use of their equipment and instruments, many of which were used in the making of past chart-topping records.
“Stab City” as Limerick has been affectionately referred to isn’t known for its musical heritage, The Cranberries being the city’s biggest musical export to date. But early Slow Riot demos released online in 2014 started turning heads, not to mention sparked the interest of legendary punk photographer Steve Gullick, who not only shot their recent band photos but also their last video.
Now with a slew of local live appearances under their belt, including recent support to The Twilight Sad, the band are ready to show the rest of the world that they possess a sound and energy that far surpasses that of their hometown’s sleepy reputation.