With their driving rhythms, riff-happy guitars and catchy, yet emotionally-jarring vocal refrains, Slumberbox help bring the spirit of 90s post-hardcore to 2017. This Seattle outfit, whose ranks are filled with former members of Grenades and Where My Bones Rest Easy, aims to release their debut self-titled EP tomorrow, June 7. Featuring four cathartic tunes, the EP is a must have for fans of Quicksand, Samiam and the like.
We at Svbterranean are stoked to bring you an exclusive stream of this fierce little EP, which can found after the break. We were also able to catch up with guitarist/vocalist Ronnie Navarro and guitarist Eric Christianson to chat about the new release. Check it all out below.
Slumberbox’s sound is influenced by 90s post-hardcore acts, such as Quicksand and the like. What is it about this type of sound, or bands of this ilk, that draws you?
Ronnie: I loved that it was heavy yet so emotional. Which for me at the time appealed to me dramatically more than hardcore and metal bands at the time. There was something great about blasting sunny day real estate as loud as I could in the car driving to meet my friends to go skate boarding for hours. I still love it today, sans the skateboarding.
Eric: I was in high school in the 90’s, and although I’ve played in and have been influenced by all types of different bands, that genre still inspires me as well as fills me with nostalgia.
Are there any particular albums of this era that had an impact on Slumberbox’s music and yourselves personally?
Ronnie: Clumsy, by Samiam. That record is incredible to me. Especially the song Stepson. Every time I read those lyrics, it feels like a premonition of things to come. As far as how it inspires our music, I love the dramatic tension in the way they write music, there is a hopelessness underneath it’s pop exterior.
Eric: The same friend who introduced me to punk and hardcore also introduced me to Sunny Day Real Estate, Texas is the Reason, Sense Field, and The Promise Ring. Their records still resonate with me. It would be remiss of me not to mention newer bands who’ve carried that torch, like Roomrunner, Superheaven, and Mossbreaker.
How did Slumberbox’s new EP come to be?
Ronnie : Andrew and I have been trying to start a project for a long time. We just couldn’t ever get anything to click. I think we fucked up by saying “let’s start a “genre” type band”, and each one just felt so forced. Eventually we convinced Krystle and Eric to do this project with us, and we had no idea what we were gonna do, it just sort of happened. And it so far has been the best formula for how we write.
Eric: It was all pretty simple, we had a rough idea for how the band would end up. Ronnie and I tossed around some sketches, and the full band put everything together. When we had a handful of songs, we booked a couple of studio days with a friend of ours and made it happen.
How do you feel writing and performing in Slumberbox has pushed you as a musician?
Ronnie: I love writing music with these assholes. I love them all. We are all still getting used to each other as band mates, but so far it’s been a great learning experience for all of us. For me personally, I’m enjoying not having to take the lead on everything. Andrew does quite a lot to make sure things run as smoothly for us as it has.
Eric: I’ve spent the last 6 years making music that was heavier, louder, with more focus on singular riffs. I definitely had to change my mindset and think about a song as a whole document, not just a collection of ideas.
What do you want listeners to take away from the EP?
Ronnie: can I quote Garth Algar? “We just hope you didn’t think it sucked”
Eric: Slumberbox started as an experiment for all of us, having come from such different musical backgrounds. The EP is us finding our footing. We’re proud of the songs on the EP, but we can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve got coming next.
What is next for Slumberbox?
Ronnie: keep writing and build our next album. I’d love to tour soon, but we have to see who will have us. Europe? East coast? Japan? We have wanderlust.
Eric: We’re already deep in the process of writing the next release, and we’ve already got a full lineup of shows for the summer. We hope to get some touring under our belt soon.
Slumberbox will be released on July 7 via Glory Kid Ltd and can be purchased here.
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