…not ready, I’m not steady THE SLASHES Valentine Slip
by Walter Price
When it comes to the recent brooding single “Valentine Slip” by San Diego trio The Slashes, it won’t matter which era or sub-genre of the post-punk movement you land on, you’re gonna get hooked. Replete with the shadowy vocals McCulloch and Murphy had made unforgettable so many years ago, but there’s also just enough jangle to break up the heaviness and allows this track to breathe its message of “…accepting our true nature, the duality of the good and bad in this character, with one side winning eventually and giving in to his true self”, (as vocalist Esteban Rene would explain it).
The Slashes are rounded out with bassist Alberto Bautista and drummer Carlos Robles and as a long-haul fan of nearly all the post-punk manifestations, I can attest that this outfit’s brand of ‘border goth‘ is as true to the genre as a band can be. And like I said if you’re into the powers of Bauhaus, or maybe the shoegaze soundscapes of My Bloody Valentine or even newer melting-pot offerings from San Francisco’s El Terrible, this cerebral single and this band are going to slide nicely into that beloved murky tracks playlist of yours.
You can stream The Slashes’ Valentine Slip, now at the GTC.
THE SLASHES Valentine Slip
Band photo and quotes courtesy of Mora May PR
Cover Art – André Couturier Maitret & Rene Rene Art House
“The Slashes are a three-piece Post Punk, Border Goth band from San Diego. Band members include Esteban Rene (vocals/guitar), Beto Bautista (bass), and Carlos Robles (drums). They released their self-titled debut album in 2015, produced by Alan Sanderson, who worked with artists like The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, and Elton John. Since then, they were nominated for a San Diego Music Award for Best Rock. They’ve played numerous shows around Southern California at notable venues like The Observatory in Santa Ana, the legendary Rainbow Bar in LA, and The Casbah in San Diego.” – bio