Introducing SLOW POKE and their retro-electro banger, Want It Bad
A Brissie duo bringing some summer-ready VIBES.
SLOW POKE are a Brisbane-based duo whose latest single/video clip was just too irresistible for us not to share. Want It Bad has a throwback, almost French electro vibe to it that if you read Pilerats even in a casual manner you'll know we're all about. We sent 'em a few quesitons following the release of the roller-disco-ready video clip that came with the track, get around 'em below:
Tell us about about yourself?
We’re two lads from Brisbane who have been making music and swearing at clouds together for the past two years.
Jackson: I grew up playing any instrument I could and started trying to make my own songs with influences like Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys etc. Eventually I discovered experimental stuff like Fennesz and Aphex Twin. From there I developed a love for electronic music through the likes of Four Tet, Jon Hopkins, Fred P etc.
Stu: My older brothers, Ross (Elroy 4.0) and Simon (Andromeda Festival) run a record label out of Byron Bay called Wildlife Recordings and have been a real influence on me musically. From a young age, they put me onto stuff like The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers then eventually Flying lotus and Hudson Mohawke. Since then I’ve always been obsessed with discovering new beats and artists so it was only a matter of time before I took up production myself.
We both listen to every big new album that comes out on a Friday and don’t really discriminate against any genres. We believe we can find inspiration in anything. It’s important to not get sucked too far into the vortex of any one genre as we believe it limits our creativity.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
We like to keep it interesting, our taste changes slightly every so often. I guess our previous tracks have been house, disco and UK bass influence. Whatever feels right at the time, invokes a feeling within and has potential longevity.
We use Ableton with an Ableton Push. We have an old keyboard but rarely use it. Jackson occasionally whips out the guitar but that has yet to make a track. Essentially, we want to combine electronic experimentation with interesting song writing and with this balance create something that is creatively interesting but not too far down the vortex.
Can you tell us about your new single, Want It Bad?
Want It Bad just felt like a track that suited this time of the year. We wanted to create something bright, uplifting and suitable for Summer party times ahead. People have been very supportive and triple j gave it a spin the other day which was a cheeky milestone for us.
Any shows coming up?
Nah but people have expressed interest. One day.
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
We have an official remix being released on etcetc in November and heaps of ideas that we are finishing up that could be out this year or early next year, you’ll just have to keep your feelers out.