Genres: indie rock, indie pop, lo-fi
Dec 15 - 21 2003
indie rock trio The Slip hail from Gainesville, Florida and
play their own brand of keyboard-tinged, spacey lo-fi riot grrrl music
somewhere between Ladytron and Yo La Tengo. Though
the recording quality of their songs is unusual (liberally gritty and
bizarrely balanced), it goes well with the band's infectious,
attitude-packed musical blend.
This EP is impressive. The band's songwriting is top-notch;
while they have a definite grungy indie rock edge, their melodic sense
is also outstanding, closer to pop than anything else. A listen
to the aptly-named "Shoegazer" is proof - its [relatively]
complex song structure and catchy melody will have you hooked on The
Slip style. The spacey guitar chords of
"Chatterbox," meanwhile, make for a rock song of epic,
The final highlight is the EP's bonus track, which is a slab of
electro pop that will please and intrigue just about anyone with a
The band's intelligent use of bass and electronic chords goes well
with the sampled vocal cut-up.
Overall, this is a solid EP from an exciting new band. Although
a few of these five songs are real gems, it remains to be seen if these
three musicians can pull together a full album. Nonetheless, here's to them!
[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2002]