Premiere: Slow Riot ‘Absent Dreams’

Explosive Irish three-piece Slow Riot return this autumn with a brand new single ‘Absent Dreams’ and a string of new live dates, including a special London show at the Sebright Arms on November 10th hosted by Communion and Kilimanjaro. ‘Absent Dreams’ is the band’s first new release since the acclaimed ‘Trophy Wife’ single in April, and their first since signing to Killing Moon Records.

Combining influences such as Gang of Four, Television and Wire with more contemporary bands such as Girl Band and Future of the Left, ‘Absent Dreams’ showcases more of the bands insidious, driving bass and thick plumes of distortion in a battle between athletic, lean post-punk and thematic darkness. Of the band’s subject matter, lyricist Niall Clancy offers:

“Absent Dreams is about reaching the realisation that those who affect your life negatively don’t need to be tolerated. It’s about looking for reasons to hold onto the past and not finding any”. 


The band has been hotly tipped by tastemakers on both sides of the Irish Sea, with Drowned In Sound, Q Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, and The Irish Times, amongst many others citing them for big things. ‘Trophy Wife’ earned the band plaudits from Shaun Keaveny on the 6Music Breakfast Show, Radio X, Absolute and was a mainstay on the band’s native Today FM with DJ Paul McLoone declaring Slow Riot to be “my new favourite Irish band”, a proclamation he backed up by inviting the band in for a live session and booking them to open his stage at 2016’s Interlude Festival.

‘Absent Dreams’ is out now via Killing Moon








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