This debut album has no real title other than the name of the band. The show kicks off with a circus march opening up a crazy schizophrenic world which combines the refined with the grotesque as polished Swing rhythms give way to creative musical innovation. Genuine, pure and sincere, the sounds in the album transport us to places evoked in the songs: sometimes it’s like you’re running desperately in a desert, or lulled by the sea on a tropical island; then you’re catapulted into a circus or lying in a seedy old hotel room. The descriptive lyrics are imaginative and reveal the vocalist’s passion for magic and the circus. The music is a mixture of different styles, but mostly draws on Swing, Rhythm'n Blues and Rock'n Roll. No surprise then when pounding rhythms inexplicably transform into a playful waltz or if hard sombre tones suddenly become bright and cheerful. What at first may seem as the double personality of this group belies great cohesion and harmony. This is the unique well-defined style of SLICK STEVE AND THE GANGSTERS. The album’s graphic concept is the brainchild of Stilemio, a club of itinerant artists, who have worked with the band on videos and photoshoots.
SLICK STEVE AND THE GANGSTERS - s/t
- Artist: SLICK STEVE AND THE GANGSTERSTitle: s/tFormat: CDLabel: GO DOWN RECORDS
Release date: October 31st 2013