By Jon Milton
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Mention Norfolk to anyone and you’d expect them to talk about the broads, Bernard Matthews, Colmans Mustard and Delia Smith. You wouldn’t however expect anyone to associate much in the way of music with the county, and there’s a good reason why. A look at the top music acts to have come from Norfolk include Cathy Dennis, the Farmers Boys and Gene Vincent. There is however an emerging scene, with bands like Wreck who we profiled at the start of April here and Sleemo, who release their second EP ‘Mutation Of’ today.
Sleemo (which means ‘Jerk’ on Tatooine apparently) describe themselves as ‘an independent alternative/post hardcore band’, influenced by the likes of Thee Oh Sees, Shellac, Primus, Swans and Black Flag.
The band were formed mid 2019 from the ashes of other local bands such as New Scientists, We'll Be Detectives and Marigolds and after a recent line-up change are now comprised of Billy on lead vocals and guitar, Jack on bass and backing vocals and Jacob on drums.
‘Mutation Of’ rocks hard. Stand out track I'm Not Superman ‘I’m not Superman’ kicks off the EP, a real assault on the senses noisily demanding your attention. Pipe Bomb and The Late Sun continue the riff heavy alt rock before the breathless Bugs is unleashed and then the more reflective So Much a Man closes proceedings. The EP is a much darker offering than their previous output, which they attribute ‘to a more introspective approach to lyrics and the larger influence of heavier bands on the recording’.
Links to each of the songs are posted above, but I’d recommend you stick the whole EP on from start to finish if you like what you hear, as each track neatly segues into the next.
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