Being a no frills pop/rock band in this time of music is a dangerous proposition. Rock music without some exotic disco beat or preening lead singer would seem to be a thing of the past. But Slender Means bear the pop/rock cross like a badge of honor, standing out from all the other bands currently languishing in the indie-pop/rock ghetto by the virtue of both impeccable song craft and musicianship.
Their Mt. Fuji release “Neon & Ruin” uses history as a guidebook rather than a crutch, simultaneously sounding like nothing your ever heard and that-one-band that you love so much. From the dirty power pop of the Replacements, to the British swagger of Supergrass, to the super powered radio pop of, well, Madonna, Slender Means cram 50 years of popular music into an economic 34 minutes of perfection. It’s safe to say that Slender Means understand the difference between “classic” and “retro.”
Slender Means formed in 2003 in Seattle Washington, a town famous for it’s inclement weather and similarly inclement bands. But the band, comprised of Josh Dawson (Vocals, Guitar), Sonny Votolato (Guitar), Paul Pugliese (Bass), David E. Martin (Keys), and Eric Wennberg (Drums) stood out from the pack with their uniquely moving brand of rock. The 5 piece moved quickly, playing to enthusiastic crowds throughout the Northwest. They recorded their debut album “Neon & Ruin” with noted Seattle producer Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanagan, Presidents of the United States of America) less than a year after forming.
Slender Means have toured the west coast consistently since their formation, sharing stages with the likes of The Presidents of the United States of America, Apostle of Hustle and Brendan Benson. Boasting an impressive fan base for such a young band, Slender Means are poised to make a serious dent in both the hearts of and the wallets of music lovers everywhere.