Slowcoaches – Complex

• “Complex” original music video. Thanks to SlowcoachesVEVO.

8.5 “Excellent Punk from England”

A single release in October, 2017.

Not planned at all, but nonetheless a suitable follow on from the preceding Mr. Psycho!

Heather Perkins’ London group has been on the go since 2012, and since the spring of 2017 the bassist/vocalist has been joined by Oliver Shortland (guitar) and Sean Hughes (drums), albeit presently on-hiatus.

This cutting, observational piece shines the super trouper on the grubby underbelly of the music biz, particularly some of the disreputable characters lurking within it. The songwriter tackles her subject matter fearlessly:

This was a song that was really easy to write. Because the story developed in the media literally as I was writing it. It’s a response to the sexual assault allegations against artists that were in the press at the time I wrote it. Its about the way that music industry feeds toxic masculinity by putting male artists on a pedestal. There’s still a really dirty side to the industry, particularly with the encouragement and portrayal of male artists in rock music to god-like status. All too often, the system is adhering to an archaic, misogynistic interpretation of ‘punk’ that makes guys think they’re invincible, that they have an authority over women’s bodies.

It sweeps the artists up, way out of their depth, and then there’s no one there to support them in dealing with this stuff in the right way when they eventually get called out. We came up with the concept of the video when we were talking about this – the idea of a split self – that there are parts of the personality that are always hidden from view. Pulling the curtain away, kind of peeling back those layers – the bright light exposing all the grubby stuff underneath.

It’s superb and makes me keen to hear the talked about second album which, alas, has been put on hold as a certain amount of disillusionment has kicked in. So much high quality musical art goes unheard and unloved these days; I feel their pain!

Heard on Trev’s November 2017 show on Dandelion Radio.

Get it at Bandcamp.

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L to R: Heather, Oliver, Sean (photo credit: Jonny Davis)