Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

From 'Nerds in the Music Room' to Gigs and Creating an EP; Ahead of Their Support Slot at Think Tank? on Saturday Slurs Catch Up with SARAH JEFFERY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

From 'Nerds in the Music Room' to Gigs and Creating an EP; Ahead of Their Support Slot at Think Tank? on Saturday Slurs Catch Up with SARAH JEFFERY

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Byline: SARAH JEFFERY

ALTERNATIVE duo Slurs burst onto the North East music scene in May and can't wait to perform their second gig tomorrow night.

The pair will be joining four other local bands at Think Tank? in Newcastle to celebrate the release of Elephant Memoirs' new EP.

Slurs will be kicking off the night, before Velvoir, Kashmir and Altradias take to the stage ahead of headliners Elephant Memoirs. This is the first time Slurs have played at Think Tank?, which they fondly remember as the Other Rooms and are really excited about their appearance.

Even though the duo are a new band, they have been playing together for years and have known each other since school. Slurs are Mark Simpson (vocals & guitars) and Fintan Dawson (guitars & vocals) and were formed in the summer of 2013. However, the pair ended up spending the first year of the band's life on hiatus.

Fintan said: "Me and Mark have been playing music together pretty much since the day we met at St Cuthbert's High School nearly thirteen years ago.

"We started as the nerds in the music room, jamming on a lunch time and getting to skive off around Christmas to go and play old peoples' homes and primary schools. In sixth form we wrote and played together in our first proper four-piece band, Involution."

Mark added: "Involution came to a natural end in 2009 when we dispersed for university. We knew we wouldn't be able to make it work from different sides of the country and, in all honesty, we knew our school band days were over. Over the years Fintan's been playing drums for bands such as Cult Image and Retriever, whereas I ended up returning to my folksier roots, playing accordion for a '40s-style band called The Spitfires."

" Last year they reconnected after deciding 'enough is enough' and 'wanting to get back out there with our guitar',' so they spent 12 months developing their song craft and adjusting the other's creations to compile the tracks for their first EP, Northern Electric.

Inspired over the years by many different genres and styles, the pair have blended the best of what they've come to love.

They draw influences all the way from the melodic verses of The Housemartins and Elvis Costello through to the fuzzier riff-driven choruses of The Kills and Sonic Youth, to create their very own unique blend of upbeat, relatable, noisy pop music. …

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