Label: TSM/SLW 2011
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Slideshow from Luleå/Sweden likes to call their genre something as simple as "actionrock" and that's because the musical cocktail is a blend of both raw power and true love. Fair enough, it's not up to me or anyone else for that matter to decide what they should or should not call their music. I'd file this under rather typical Swedish sleaze in the tradition of Nasty Idols and much later Backyard Babies, Hardcore Superstars, and to be frank every other band from Sweden as of lately.
It's basically head's down in tinsel town and a mixture of sleaze riffs and punky screams and/or vice versa. After all, when punk died in the very early eighties, sleaze came along to pick up the torch and kept the fire burning for many years. I do enjoy their retro thinking when it comes to artist names as these Swedes are all named something corny along the lines of Nicky Dollars, Tommy LeGun or Foxy Black. The latter being the female bassist/backup vocalist and not some old geezer (Thank God!). I saved the best for the last tho' as their vocalist/guitarist goes under the name of Poe DePrey - excellent?
I'd be the first to admit that I'll be loudly and gladly shouting along to the likes of "In Your Veins" and "Brimstone". And it's probably even more fun live on stage (keep the beers coming). The utterly punky "When Your Goal Is Gone" kicks like a mule to the head and Poe's vocals are in all honesty no different from all the other acts. However, Foxy Black on backup does make a difference at times and it's not just the usual noize and grind. But then again, that's what Slideshow's all about really, bump and grind, noize and attitude, good and bad. Their only problem? there's literally 10.000's of these kind of acts in Sweden at the moment... but that doesn't mean s##t in the end. I'd say this, Slideshow are good at what they do, but may lack the extra spice and throughout killer material. Catch'em live as they're probably a blast and at their best on stage...