Review by Bobby Green
There’s nothing slow about Slow Riots full on assault on the senses with their new single Betrayed. It’s the third in a quick succession of singles since the band expanded to a four-piece, after the addition of second guitarist Liam O’Connor (formerly of Fonda). It also follows an intense period of songwriting, honing their live craft via numerous festival appearances (notably Electric Picnic and Other Voices), and the recording of a debut album which will be released later in 2018.
Of ‘Betrayed’ frontman Niall Clancy tells us; ”This is one of the first tracks that we wrote in the early demo sessions for the album. Although I didn’t intentionally set out to write a song about this subject… the lyrics sort of came about subconsciously and all in one go. Betrayed is a song about the anger and frustration of losing somebody important in your life. It always feels like I’m getting something off my chest when we play the track live.”
This is obvious when you hear it explode out of your speakers, its raw emotion sets you back and demands your attention. You can’t help but be taken in by Slow Riots power, and to experience it live is something you’d be foolish to miss.
May 23rd / Grand Social, Dublin (supporting The Underground Youth)
May 25th / Mike The Pies, Listowel (supporting The Minutes)
June 12th / Music Hall, Ramsgate (supporting Preoccupations)
June 13th / The Victoria, London
August 3rd-5th / Castlepalooza, Tullamore
October 20th / Ulltra Festival, Hull