We sound like Heaven, We feel like God's burning a hole in your heart, We play like demons, and We smell like Rock 'n' Roll....
London based rockers Slam Cartel have currently mixed and mastered their 13 song debut album “Coup de Grace”. You may not have heard of them yet but if guitarist Terence Warville has anything to say about it, you will very soon. Although they are relative newcomers to the UK and USA music scene, Terence’s rock n roll background speaks for itself. He has already been signed to a major label (Geffen) with his previous band Stimulator (w/ Billy Morrison of Camp Freddy fame) and toured supporting acts like Motorhead, Anthrax and Love/Hate.
For some, that rock pedigree would be enough to brag about right there. Refreshingly Terence considers that the starting point and says to date his best accomplishment is “writing and recording Slam Cartel's album Coup De Grace” and he continues “Putting together a band that is amazing to be with.” Slam Cartel is rounded out by Giles Van Lane (vocals), Marc Neudeck, (bass/vocals), Tommy Hendriksen (Guitar), Symon Minter (drums) and Adam Lee (keys/guitars, vocals).
Growing up in England, like a lot of other rockers Terence took his inspiration from one amazing UK band. “Mainly the Sex Pistols”, he says. “But who in their right mind wouldn’t want to sling a guitar around their neck and crunch out some big tunes through an amplifier six feet tall and turn it up full blast? That’s inspiration enough for me.”
“What motivates us is something intangible, you can’t touch. A want so deep it fills you and drives you to the lengths that you have to go to, to succeed in what you like to do, always,” says Terence.
Currently rehearsing for their live shows while the album is being finalised, Slam Cartel keep it simple in their approach. “What we like about performing is the sense of a group, a band, people doing what they love separately, and making different sounds to make one, Terence explains.”
Currently the band’s official website www.Slamcartel.com is under construction to coincide with the album release. But for those of you looking to be turned on to a fresh new band, on the tip of the hip; check out Slam Cartel at their myspace: www.myspace.com/slamcartelofficial. While defying all categorization they have the melodies reminiscent of legendary rock band The Cult; combined with the unshakable groove and searing riffage of the classic 90’s stoner bands Kyuss and Monster Magnet. When asked to describe his own amazing combination of sounds, Terence puts it more humbly. “The music we perform is the one and only ROCK music”, he says.
Songs like “Sundown” are instant ear candy you cannot shake. The chorus “This is the story of my life, it feels so vague to me. This is the story of my life it seems to fade away” will be repeating in your brain for days. When asked about the meaning behind “Sundown”. Terence says, “I think that we have to learn to be humble sometimes and accept that we don’t always know the whole picture and our true place in the world. When we do know our true place, then that is humility.” But he sums it up further “It’s about my life and what I have experienced and that has led me to write this album.”
Being the bands main songwriter Terence describes his own particular songwriting style. “I like the riffs to be strong, the rhythm to groove and the melodies in the chorus to be something to sing or shout along to. That’s always what I have loved about certain songs so that’s the way I like to put the songs across.”
Their song “Powerstorm” is an all out rocker, while “Hold Me” is a moody slow-burning groove, with a rocking chorus. “Free Again” is a swirling melodic song until the funky, groove inspired chorus takes off. And their song “Wishing Eye” has been put in legendary UK music Magazine Kerrang’s “Greats" .
For now their myspace site will have to satisfy your musical curiosity about Slam Cartel until the record label sharks start circling,and they will,trust me,this is new and this will be big.
As for the title of their album “Coup de Grace”, people are always asking the band what it means. Terence explains this in a blog on their myspace site. Basically, it means a “death blow meant to end suffering; a mercy kill” It can also mean a “series of events which bring about the end of something”. “The Finishing touch”
But for Slam Cartel’s bright future, this is just the beginning.