Friday, 4 April 2008

Indietracks interview #3: Slow Down Tallahassee

Having wowed the crowds with sassy summer pop songs and drum machine beats at the first Indietracks event in April 2007, Slow Down Tallahassee will be making a welcome return for the festival this July.

They met behind the bar of a seedy nightclub, serving endless drinks as Motown hits and disco classics stopped their hearts from giving in. Taking their inspiration from the paintings of Henry Darger, the writings of Dorothy Parker and Pablo Neruda, girl groups, playground gangs, paperback romances, tear-jerking pop and the burning ambition to write an album full of the greatest, most thoughtful pop hits that this country has ever seen, they formed a band and the fun began.You'll probably already know them from their single ‘So Much For Love’, which appeared on vinyl on Thee SPC, as well on the legendary Cloudberry Records. We're delighted to have Nicola from the band joining us for a quick interview:
Hi Nicola, it seems like an exciting time for pop at the moment. How do you feel about music at the moment and the new crop of indiepop bands?

It’s great that small indie labels like Cloudberry and Thee SPC are still giving bands the chance to stay totally independent, and holding their own as a genuine alternative to the big labels. We admire any band, label or promoter that has the balls to go it alone, indie, pop or otherwise. We are glad to be an underground band, the mainstream music scene being as boring as ever. We want to be remembered as the greatest underground pop band ever.

What's going to be on your compilation tapes as you travel down to Indietracks?

Broadcast, Pulp, The Legend!, Brenda Lee, Joy Zipper and The Immaculate Collection.

What attracted you to play the Indietracks festival?

The smell of steam makes us weak at the knees. Most festivals are corporate, vast and totally uninviting, but Indietracks is like a legendary party for people who have no intention of crawling through sponsored mud.

And finally, do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?

Claire has got a keyhole-shaped pupil in her eye, through which she has X ray vision. Nicola has one blue eye and one green. Rich is quite possibly a distant descendant of Alice Nutter, one of the Pendle Witches. Together we’re a formidable force.

Ah, for a minute there I thought Rich was a descendant of the singer and percussionist from Chumbawumba. Scary stuff, either way. Thanks very much Nicola! We'll leave you with a free MP3 from the band.

Next up: Breaking the law! Kazoo orchestras! That'll be The Middle Ones then...!

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