10th August | Crofters Rights
I’ll admit I have somewhat of a personal bias when it comes to Joe Sherrin’s flagship lo-fi project, SLONK. With shades of folk, punk and emo swaddled in a blanket of densely-populated and emotionally-charged lyrics, the pillars of SLONK’s existence really butter my croissant. Taking musical cues from Titus Andronicus, Bright Eyes and Weezer, it’s sometimes hard to remember that the blistering choruses and addictive hooks found within most of his catalogue are born and raised in a bedroom in BS3. Much like label-mate Gorgeous Bully, it’s this charm and dedication found in the DIY approach that allows these songs to place personality and emotion at the forefront and fester into genuine and moving pieces of art.
Releasing material through Bristol’s premier DIY label, Breakfast Records, has seen SLONK become part of a vibrant local scene that’s allowed the band to dish out several fantastic records to much critical praise. Last year’s Everything Falls Into Place saw the project realise their full potential across a diverse and visceral eleven tracks, with Sherrin’s most recent singles, ‘Holidays’ and ‘Self Disparaging Song’ displaying even more growth and character than ever before. The former is currently available in beautiful vinyl with the latter bundled as part of a bonus EP, What You Call Soccer of which you can catch a glimpse of over on their Bandcamp and most likely hear at Crofters on Saturday night.
See the video for ‘Strange’ here: