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INTERVIEW: Slum Sociable

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Pretty good. At the time of answering these questions we’re in between rehearsals for a couple of shows we have coming up at Yours and Owls Festival and The Melbourne Museum.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Moby Bryant”?

We most certainly can.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

No particular event spurred this song into creation, it’s more of a reflection of old habits and how they die hard, or haven’t even died hard or at all, and how you may feel like you’ve come far from where you were when said habits were the most severe but you are still the same person. It’s to help you keep track of who you are as a person and how you’re growing.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Ooo we’ve got something cooking.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why naming the album after the band?

Because this group of songs best represents what we are as a musical group I suppose. Every song holds a certain unique significance to us, and combined as a body of work, that is Slum Sociable (I hope that doesn’t sound too cliché). Our first EP felt like us finding our feet a little bit, but with this album we had a very clear vision of what we wanted. So yeah, the self-title seemed to be a no-brainer.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process occurred over the last three years. We started writing these songs when we were 23, and never thought we’d be releasing them on an album 2 years later. It’s kind of surreal to think about actually. All of the tracks were written in one of our bedrooms initially. So when we went into the studio with our Synth Overlord/Producer Russell Fawcus, we had a shortlist of about 20 tracks to choose from. Cutting that down to 10 was a pretty tough process, but I think we chose well.

The majority of the recording process took part in Russ’ home studio. We went fucking crazy over that four month period, but it was definitely worth it. Russ is one of the the most patient/kind/talented people we’ve ever met.

What was it like to work with Rich Cooper and how did that relationship develop?

We worked with Rich in London whilst we were over there touring. I think our label knew him through some work he did for them once upon a time. It was really great working with him. He just knows his shit.

How much did he influence the record?

We wrote ‘Castle’ with him, but other than that he didn’t have anything to do with the record. He has a pretty hectic schedule.

What role does Melbourne play in your writing?

We’ve both lived in Melbourne our whole lives, so it definitely has an influence in our writing. It’s a very supportive community. I don’t think I’ve ever reached out to an artist I look up to and been knocked back when asking questions about their creative process or production techniques or whatever.

We’re inspired by a lot of artists within Melbourne and feel pretty lucky to live IN THE GREATEST MOTHERFUCKING CITY IN THE WORLD. I think having the ability to go out on a Tuesday and watch incredible local artists play at smaller venues is something we treasure too. There’s just so much goddamn talent in this city.

Any plans to hit the road?

OOOOOO yessir.

What else is happening next in Slum Sociable’s world?

We’ll hopefully be taking the record overseas at the start of 2018 and  (hopefully) releasing even more new music.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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