The Slack Republic based out of Atlanta are comprised of the duo: Mec (who hails from Brooklyn, NY) and Pierre (who is from Jackson Miss). This up and coming rock band will be touring the Eastern part of the U.S. this summer and even will be playing a few dates on The Warped Tour. You probably were like me and had not heard much about this band either, I expect that all to change very soon. I first learned of this band last month when they burst onto the NYC scene @ The Gothamist sponsored party Moveable Hype 7.0 @ The Knitting Factory where they shared the bill with Stars of Track and Field, Land of Talk and The Cloud Cult. This show was part of torrid tour dubbed "The Slack Tax Tour" in which they played 6 shows in 7 nights through the Eastern coast of the United States. The band currently has a 6 song sampler which you can buy from the aforementioned tour or on their myspace page for $6.
The band varies it's style from song to song and you can't just pigeonhole them. As far as being pigeonholed, Mec has this to say: "We've been labeled everything from grunge, to hip hop and most recently, afro-punk. Fortunately for us, we don't exactly fit these pre-fab ideals of what a band should look or sound like. Our musical tastes and disciplines are just too diverse to accept that we have to make a specific kind of music to be successful."
Two of my favorite tracks are "wait for me" and "how easy." On the track "wait for me," Mec's vocals makes me think of the 50's girl groups while being backed nicely by ska chords. The nice change in this song comes near the end when there is a nice little reggae breakdown.
On the rocker "how easy" it feels like it would be at home in the background of a teen drama. It even comes complete with an answering machine soundbite of Mec professing her love. This track has been stuck in my head for a while. I am looking forward to the opportunity this summer to see them, with dates in Erie, Pa and Pittsburgh, Pa. I plan to check them out and you should too.
Lastly, if you have not heard their cover of Eurythmics "sweet dreams" (posted a few months ago in our weekly top 5) go their myspace page and check it out. With what this demo has shown me, I expect great things in the very near future from this band.