Music: The Slide’s Friday night shag anthem
Swedish band The Slide are back with a five-track EP called Mind Matters – and if you’re a subscriber to Classic Rock, you should have received it as an extra free gift with this month’s issue. If you’re not a subscriber you can hear what you’re missing by watching their new video below.
Slide vocalist/guitarist Philip is very excited by what they’ve done. “It’s certainly rock’n’roll, but with a modern twist,” he says. “We wanted to do something that was Exile On Main St, but very contemporary. I think we’ve succeeded.”
But they had some turbulent moments getting the EP finished. “When we got back from spending time in London during 2010, there were some real problems. One of these was bassist Christopher, so we had to replace him. The new guy is Jakob, who’s the best bass player I’ve ever worked with.
“We had to get totally focused again to write and record the new songs, so we went back to an abandoned seaside hut where we’ve worked before.”
Most of the songs are based on personal experiences members of the band have had.
“Friday Night Bite, for instance, is about a girl who’s really attached to this guy but he doesn’t really care about her. She’s just someone he’ll shag if he feels like it. Can You Feel The Rain is almost the opposite, because it’s about a man who’s so in love with a girl that he can’t bear it when she leaves him.”
The male-female relationship is also explored on Please Me.
“That’s about how a musician feels coming off stage and wanting to be left alone. But then he encounters this groupie, who’s so stunning he can’t resist her.”
Moonless Night, meanwhile, deals with the problems of defining reality.
“It’s when you’re in such a state that you can’t distinguish between what is real and what isn’t.” Rags To Riches, meanwhile, has a twist on what happens when you’ve got loads of money.
“Sometimes you must feel better off when you’ve nothing. Riches can bring misery.”
The band have already played all these songs live, and Philip believe it takes them to a new level.
“It’s as if we’ve been reborn.”
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