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SLIMBOY – ‘Sail On Sailor’ Album Review

SLIMBOY – Sail On Sailor

Slimboy CoverSwiss punk rockers Slimboy possess a rich heritage. Originally born at the start of the millennium, the Basel-based trio have seen and just about lived through it all: signing to a major label, touring the world, recording albums in LA and even chart success in their native country.

After a brief hiatus, the threesome returned to action, and have recently completed a highly successful tour with The Ataris.  Slimboy also travelled to the US to record their fifth album: Sail On Sailor and they will release the recording on August 10th.

The ten-track album opens with Falling Apart with a vocal introduction that sets up a chunky riff, cascading drumbeats and an overall technically tight and impressive track with nods to Bad Religion, Pennywise and Green Day. Heart’s All Gone seems to up the pace even more for a sub-two minute romp into melodic punk heaven whereas Let It Go falters to deceive with a slower start before exploding into a faster chorus with chunky riffs and the serrated guitar verses set up the choruses superbly!

On Sorrows Slimboy apply a marching snare drum, melodic guitar lick and plaintive vocal to produce a ballad that launches a third of the way into a powerful mid-paced section with Whateverupping the pace slightly to produce a powerful spin on the pop-punk-power ballad! The plaintive solo vocal open to Believe In You contains the lyrics that form the title of the album and this one is a truly restrained ballad throughout with a slow build to a climax.

Downfallhits like a hammer blow from the very start with a fast paced punk rock approach driven by pounding drums and the massively fast Freak maintains the momentum. The penultimate song, So-Called Unity is a mosh-pit frenzy inducing rocker that brings back the early references to Pennywise and Bad Religion.

The album concludes with Life Death (Ghost Of You) with acoustic guitars, plaintive vocals and an acoustic approach that builds to kick in the electrics to produce a satisfying ending to a strong melodic punk rock album.

 

PUNK ONLINE ran an exclusive on this album here with a track by track account from the band themselves plus a video.

 

Check out Slimboy online here:  http://slimboy.ch

 

Slimboy have also announced a run of shows with MEST for August: 

13 – UK, Ashford, Junction;

14 – UK, London, Underworld;

15 – UK, Glasgow, Broadcast;

16 – UK, Scunthorpe, The Lincoln Imp;

17 – UK, Bridgewater, Cobblestones;

18 – UK, Bolton, Alma Inn,

19 – UK Stafford, Redrum;

20 – UK, Sheffield, Corporation.

 

 

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