Over the last 5 years of eclectic releases and impassioned live performances, The Slingers have cemented themselves as one of the most unique bands of the contemporary Australian underground/alternative scene.
The band persistently defy classification, with a colourful catalogue of releases that span from country to folk, grunge rock to ballad, Australiana to Americana, acoustic and spoken word to electronica. The Slingers signed to Flightless Records in 2020, releasing a double A-Side 7-inch vinyl, The Cruellest Cut and Kind Hearts (a collaboration with legend of the Melbourne underground, Spike Fuck). In 2021, the band were included in Beat Magazine’s 20 Underground Melbourne Bands You Ought to Know.
Recent releases have seen the band make a foray into ‘Motel Pop’. The genre is less defined by production than by its lyrical content, chronicling with a blend of comedy and tragedy the lives of ordinary people living and struggling through our current age of loneliness. The evolution of ‘Motel Pop’ will culminate in the 2023 release of the band’s debut, full-length LP, Sentimentalism (Flightless Records). Produced by Errol Green (Big Yawn), the album ranges from piano ballads to purely electronic pieces. The live launch of Sentimentalism at the famed Corner Hotel sold out weeks in advance.
More than anything, The Slingers are motivated by love, for each other and for the sublime power of music. Closely following love are the motivators of greed and vengeance.
‘The Slingers are a Melbourne band that deserve plenty of attention. With a hook-driven country pop that’s filled with nostalgia, The Slingers trade timeless tales of the past with cunning observations of today’s bizarre world’ – Beat Magazine