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Slowride
C/S
Deep Elm

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


March 14, 2006
From deep in the heart of Texas comes Slowride, a band that has been a beacon of uncompromising melodic punk rock over the course of three full length. Generally characterized by fast paced and tight music that comes across like a less sentimental Jawbreaker, Slowride's output has been consistently good. C/S follows along the same path as their previous albums, Building a Building and As I Survive the Suicide Bomber, in that it is solidly written, but outright comparisons will only go so far in the face of the band's recent stylistic shifts.

Sacrificing a bit of energy and tempo the band now sounds more like a collision between Nirvana's downer melodies and punk spirit and Jets to Brazil's penchant for introspective pop. C/S is the sound of a band stretching itself ever so slightly, and in the case of Slowride, growth does a body good. Most indicative of this change is the album's closing track, "30 East." Perhaps paying homage to the group's Texas roots, it is a slow traveling country song.

While there exists a smattering of slow, soft and introspective parts, most of C/S is comparitavely heavy. "The Year of the Snake" begins with a heavy blast of crashing guitar, drum and bass, and then emerges from the initial clash to break into a driving rock song with front man Dan Phillip's memorable vocal hook, "I need a friend/ A world in fashion could not bend" at the fore. Without doubt, it is one of the best songs Slowride has ever written.

The band's new persona easily draws comparisons to Nirvana, most notably for a newfound love of minor chords, especially in the choruses of tracks like "Slowly" and "RH." The aggressive and heavy undertow is offset by Phillip's vocal melodies. While his range is expressively limited the words are delivered with a drawl and swagger that enhances the grit of the band's music.

Stuart Sikes's production work on C/S is spot-on and should undoubtedly be credited with helping Slowride grow and change. Steve Visneau's drums are placed perfectly in the mix, and Rob Marchant's bass pops and is propulsive in all the right places. C/S is gritty and urgent. It's the sound of a group successfully expanding its sound, while compromising none of its integrity.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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