Based in London, garage rock band The Sly Persuaders have released their debut album which delivers an exploration into this new band’s gritty, distinctive sound.
‘Wild for the Night’ starts with a quick clashing of drum sounds which immediately sets the tone of this suggestive, but rhythmic track. The vocals are immediately striking, falling somewhere in the range of Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) to an Elvis Presley impersonator. They’re arrogant and alluring but they fit with the style of this band. The song itself expands and contracts through verse and chorus, loosening into electric guitar distortions that really cement this band’s rock and roll sound.
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‘Hey Faustus!’ is the most lyrically intriguing song on the album. This is not a band that relies on their lyrics for success but ‘Faustus’ defies that sentiment. Obviously there is some inspiration drawn from the classic Dr Faustus with direct references to dealings with the devil, painting a vivid, if not threatening picture. The song itself laughs at the basic rock track structure, which adds to the tense but enjoyable atmosphere this song creates. The shrieking guitar sounds, croaky bass line and snarling vocals bring out the best in this band, and musically it’s a wild ride from start to finish.
The strong lyrics continue in narrative style songs, such as ‘Beyond the Rope’, which is a strength the band should stick to in the future. This, along with single ‘Steve McQueen’ draw inspiration from country-esque style lyrics, blended with a dirty garage sound that The Sly Persuaders will become known for.
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A good number of the tracks on this album are wholesome and lengthy, which is great as they provide a tenacious listening experience. However, it must be noted that some tracks such as album closer ‘Gun to the Head’ do drag on as the band delve into experimental indulgences. It’s a dark song and definitely listenable but it’s drawn out and lengthy at over 8 minutes long and could perhaps have come to a natural end in about half that time.
The Sly Persuaders have offered an interesting and unique sound in their debut album, which definitely highlights what they can do. They could dare to be a bit more experimental in the future, as the album does contain a few filler tracks and long winded jams. This, paired with sometimes repetitive lyrics could lead to listeners losing interest quickly. However, for a debut it is a strong and ambitious album that allows for The Sly Persuaders to establish their sound.
‘The Sly Persuaders’ is out now via Roadkill Records.