Slurred Words is a three-piece band from Salisbury. MD that recently released a five-song EP entitled Rock N' Roll Dads. The EP is all about attitude and revolves gritty punk rock songs. I really think this band has some talent as the songs were catchy but oh how I wished the quality of the recording was about 50% better. The quality is on par with a demo so hopefully in due time we can get something a bit more polished from these guys. All that being said I was able to look past the production at times and appreciate the songs.
They start off with “The Gremlin,” which is ‘70s punk rock 101. It contained an old school punk attitude that pop punk has all but forgotten about. I thought the lead singer had a great voice for the style of music, It has some stank and attitude on it and worked with the raw music and recordings.
Surely to be a radio hit the second song “You Smell Like Shit” is even more punk rock than the first song. The band hits it hard and gets out in under two minutes. The next two songs “Pretty Thing” and “Do Ya Love Me” mix in ‘50s style pop music with buzzing distortion. You can picture these two songs played on the Ed Sullivan Show or your local high school prom in 1955 if punk arrived a little sooner than it did.
I wasn’t expecting the My Bloody Valentine cover “When You Sleep.” The song is one of my personal favorites and I thought Slurred Words did the song justice in their own way. Not too shabby guys.
I like these guys and think they have some talent. Hopefully, they can befriend an engineer or sneak in some studio time at some point.
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