Local trio SlowHandClap have quickly seen off a string of excellent singles across the past eighteen months, already building a reputation for producing catchy, gritty alternative rock. Made up of Sam Bullock on guitar and vocals, Dan Coleman on bass and Michael Duckworth on drums, the band play The Castle Hotel on Thursday 20th December, with support form LYNCHS and Manalishi – last tickets are now on sale! Ahead of the show, we caught up with Sam Bullock for a quick chat…
// Hello SlowHandClap! How would you describe yourself as a band?
We struggle with this one a bit. Genre-wise I think we’re hard to pin down, we’ve been labelled grunge in the past but we definitely don’t identify with that. We’re a three-piece Manchester rock band taking influence from noise rock, post punk and 90s alternative music.
// Is there anything you’re working on we should know about?
Yes! we’ve recorded a bunch of new music and we’re really excited to get that out soon! We took down all our old music for our most recent single ‘Concrete Bodies’ because we feel we’ve been finding our sound up till now and we want to rebuild from scratch. We plan on bringing those out regularly next year starting in February.
// What music have you been listening to this week?
I’ve been listening to the new albums from FRIGS and Bambara. We’ve been getting heavy into protomartyr and IDLES and Shames most recent albums have been on repeat last year. Black Midi are also a really exciting new band we’ve been getting into.
// Do you have a favourite venue in Manchester?
Of the venues we’ve played Night and Day is iconic and always great to play. It doesn’t usually cater to our style of music but when it does Band on the Wall is always a treat because the stage and sound there. The dream venues to play would obviously be the Ritz and the Albert Hall.
// Dream band or artist to share a stage with?
As for bands that are still kicking – because we’d be here all day otherwise – playing with Thurston Moore would be a personal dream because Sonic Youth have been huge in mine and the bands musical evolution. There are a lot of exciting bands emerging in the UK right now that we’d love to play with, again; Black Midi, Shame, Drahla and IDLES are a few of our favourites.
// Where do you see yourself in the next 12 months?
We wanna be playing a lot of festivals next year and we’re going to start gigging relentlessly. We’ve so far been fairly confined to Manchester so far which has been very limiting so you can expect to see us all around the UK next year. We’ll be bringing out a lot of new music so we’re just looking forward to getting out there and playing them and to see where it takes us.
// What is your favourite song to perform? Why?
We really enjoy playing all of our songs live but we have a song called ‘Domestic Idols’ that gets us and hopefully the crowd energised. It’s got a really relentless bass line and we like to open with it to shake off the cobwebs.
// What is the best purchase you ever made?
Feel like I should say a guitar or a pedal or something but honestly after walking around Amsterdam for two hours looking for a public toilet I eventually found a Maccies where I could pay 50p to use the toilet, never handed my money over so fast.
SlowHandClap perform at The Castle Hotel on Thursday 20th December 2018. Tickets are available here.