This month saw the release of The Slumdogs explosive debut EP, ‘Where’s Your Sanity?’ I had the pleasure of interviewing them to find out about all the music, Manchester love and general madness of The Slumdogs world.
So, firstly how did the band initially come about?
Will: Myself and Elliot have been playing together since we were 16, in several different things. A couple of years ago we met Cam and Bobby and the whole thing just clicked. Alas, The Slumdogs was born, and we’ve been writing, recording, releasing and playing live ever since.
The tracks on ‘Where’s Your Sanity?’ are massively different to anything you’ve previously released. Where did you draw your inspiration from, lyrically and musically?
Bobby: Musically there are influences from all over the place, everything from The Streets to Queen. You’re not really aware of these influences, we never listened to anyone in particular whilst writing and thought ‘let’s write something based on that’ – it’s all subconscious. Then listening back you hear certain artists within certain tracks. Lyrically the inspiration is society really, and what we see that’s happening (or not happening) around us.
You had your first Manchester headline show in the beginning of October- how did that go?
Bobby: It went really well, Night People is a great venue run by great people in a great area. We will be back in Manchester in the spring of 2019 with one of our biggest headline shows to date.
The Indie music scene in and around Manchester is booming at the moment- how has it been supporting The Slumdogs?
Will: Manchester has always been good to us, being from Blackpool it’s the closest ‘big city’ to us. I think because it has always played second fiddle to London within the music business, the whole place feels like it has a point to prove, which has lead to some great music coming out of there. We sort of have the same feeling being from Blackpool, and we’re always well received there. And there’s enough good grass root venues, such as Jimmy’s, Night People, and Deaf Institute, to host a huge upcoming scene.
Cam: What he’s trying to say is that they’re all Mad fer it.
Do you have a favourite song to perform live?
Will: Dead or Alive, the last track of the new EP.
Cam: Nightmare, always Nightmare
If you could tour with any artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Bobby: The Damned
Will: The Who
Cam: The Rolling Stones
Elliot: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
What are your plans for 2019?
Elliot: Bigger shows, bigger releases, basically we’re carrying on the same path but everything will be bigger and better. It’s going to be a big year for sure. 2018 isn’t over yet though! We’re in London on the 6th December at Water Rats and then finish the year with a big hometown show at Bootleg Social on Dec 29.
Recommend us a band you’re really digging at the moment.
Will: Fizzy Blood. Lively.
Cam: Queen. The Bohemian Rhapsody movie is amazing.
Bobby: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Thanks for taking the time out to answer the questions boys, we really appreciate it and we wish you all the best for 2019!
I’m an 18 year old in South Wales with a love for live music. Aspiring journalist who just wants to make a mark on the DIY indie scene. Love nothing more then a good old dance with my pals. Have a particular soft spot for animals and bass guitars. My favourite bands are Strange Bones and Enter Shikari- I love energetic artists that aren’t afraid to cross genres.