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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | May 30, 2018

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Slowly Slowly Brings Down The Basement

Slowly Slowly Brings Down The Basement
Harry Wallace

Slowly Slowly have built a dedicated following in their home town of Melbourne, but last Friday night it was their Brisbane show that went off with a bang. “This is like a home show” declared frontman Ben Stewart. “Thank you so much everyone for coming out, this is crazy”.

For those new to Slowly Slowly, here’s the lowdown. The four piece outfit adheres to the classic rock composition of vocals, guitar, bass and drums; Ben Stewart, Albert Doan, Alex Quayle, and Patrick Murphy respectively. Their music delivers poetic and melancholy ruminations on life, carried by gritty (but surprisingly melodic) instrumental work. The boys are in the middle of touring their sophomore album, St Leonards, which you can check out here. They’ve been all over the Triple J airwaves of late, and are beginning to make a real name for themselves in the Aussie music scene.

Brisbane was the last stop on the east coast leg of the St Leonards tour. The band fit right in with the dark, punky vibes of the Crowbar basement stage, and a sold out crowd packed the room to the rafters. The scene was set by solid opening acts DELUSO, Brief Habits, and Beth Lucas, but the real show began when Slowly Slowly took the stage, letting rip with their single Aliens.

The next forty minutes was comprised of the best of the St Leonards release, along with a few of the bands more popular back catalogue selections. The songs paint a picture of the life lived by the twenty-somethings, particularly that of frontman Ben Stewart. The driving guitar riffs and solid, thumping rhythms kept the mosh pit dancing effortlessly.

The show took a surprising but pleasantly heartfelt turn when Ben Stewart was left alone on stage to perform Chamomile, the titular song from the bands debut album. “This is for my mum” he said, before diving into a rendition that put tangible feeling behind every lyric.

The rest of the show was an energetic, beer-soaked frenzy that skidded perfectly to a stop with the melancholic strains of New York, Paris. The band did the standard encore tease, but weren’t off stage long as the crowd screamed for more.

Lets hope they don’t stay off the scene for long either. If this show was anything to go by, Slowly Slowly are one to watch. If you live on the western side of Aus, you can still catch them on tour – check the dates on their Facebook.