Slug Guts: Playin' In Time With the Deadbeat
Playing In Time with the Deadbeat is Slug Guts? third LP and the follow up to last years critically acclaimed Howlin Gang (SBR-046). Playing In Time sounds menacingly desperate, ugly and malnourished. This album draws on Australia's rough and agitated pub rock history, taking dregs from Australian cult icons Feedtime and Venom P Stinger. Playin' In Time With the Deadbeat was written during a year which saw members of this seven piece endure trips to the mental hospital, jail, court trials, death, rehab, and bouts of violence following thousands of kilometers spent in a van. From the cacophonous gallop of opening track Scum, to the ?hit single? potential of Adult Living it is clear the band, have grown heaps here as both writers and players. Despite personal setbacks and numerous tragedies, Playin' In Time With The Deadbeat is the definitive Slug Guts album to date; it is a focused, damaged and unique opus.
Slug Guts: Howlin' Gang
Slug Guts hail from the baron, heat stricken confines of Brisbane, Australia, a town as desolate as it is depressing and suburban. Slug Guts began when four degenerates had little else to do but form a band in the tradition of Pussy Galore, X (Australia not LA), and Birthday Party. In the first four months of the band Slug Guts recorded their first LP Down on the Meat which was released on Stained Circles Records (Jay Reatard, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Dirtbombs).
After numerous Australian tours and one Japanese tour playing alongside Lightning Bolt, Dead Meadow, Primitive Calculators, Flipper, and Eddy Current amongst others, the band went back into the studio and recorded this thirteen-song sophomore album, Howlin' Gang. The LP was recorded in a railway carriage on the outskirts of Ipswich. Taking partial influence from Christian Death, The Scientists and The Triffids, this new LP sought to take a different direction than the harsh swamp rock which characterized their firstrelease. Howlin' Gang' LP features a duet with Angela Bermuda (Circle Pit) and guest appearances by Sarah Spencer (Blank Realm). Slug Guts will embark on their first US tour in March of 2011 including the Sacred Bones showcase at SXSW.