New Music - The Slow Learners By Brian Campbell
The Slow Learners cocky musical swagger sounds as if it were born in New York City smoky bars and exclusive venues, you know, the kind in alleys with no signs. They have a certain air of cool to them, but it might surprise to find out that the band calls the Nation’s capital, Washington, DC home.
While it may be hard to specifically pinpoint the accurate adjectives and nouns to describe the bands’ music, the words eclectic and diverse do come to mind.
“We would describe it as Frank Zappa meets the Blues Brothers with a little Jimmy Buffett, says vocalist/guitarist Ed Jentsch. “It’s a roots rock indie hip-hop thing based in blues and country. Unique, the music is real and the words are filled with humor.”
You almost never know what you are going to get with this band from song to song, as their sound tends to change often. ‘Hollywood’ has a weird Miami Vice 80’s vibe to it while ‘Drinkin Song’ sounds like polka. The bands best work might be ‘Jesus Saves,’ which sees their best guitar and piano work. They have indie, rock and dance elements to their music as well. You might think that with all of these different layers to their music that they get a bit jumbled, but to the contrary, the band transitions seamlessly.
“Our music comes from comedy actually,” says Jentsch. “I was never a great singer, more a vocal stylist, so I had to find things I could sing about that were believable to people. What makes me laugh I figure might make someone else laugh and the songs that are not tongue in cheek I look towards Bob Dylan for inspiration knowing no one can compare to him.”
“Just do your own thing and if nothing else it is true and real.”
The band might be onto something by thinking that the music industry is reverting back to the 1950’s, putting more focus on singles than full albums. They are currently attempting to get their music on television and in movies, as well as looking for proper managements and label support.
“As long as no one else will put up the money for us to record, we will record only songs we like, even if they are politically incorrect."
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Hail from: Washington, DC
Sounds like: The Pixies, the Band, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
You should be listening to: Assorted Demos
I Should Care Why?: Chances are probably pretty good you may have never heard such a diversified group as the Slow Learners. They also might not be everyone's cup of tea, but they are a band that needs to be experience to be believed. Their sound ranges from indie rock to jazz and dance grooves and pretty much makes stops just about everywhere in between. If you are in the mood for something different that kicks ass, be sure to looks these dudes up.