The Slants: “Con Kids” live at the Roseland Theater with Mindless Self Indulgence.
A little footage from our show the other night with MSI.
The Slants: “Love Within My Sins” at MTAC 2013
WINTER IS COMING.
No, it’s just The Slants. The world’s first all-Asian American dance rock band will now be playing at one of the world’s largest multi-fandom events: Dragoncon. See you there.
The Slants: Con Kids (Official Music Video featuring Summit Wushu Academy)
What do you get if you mix 5 talented Asian-American artists with some 80’s throwback disco beats and a license to rock? You get one hell of a band which has become a massive success since it’s origins in Oregon (see what I did there?) in 2006. So say hello to The Slants boys and girls, and no I’m not kidding – that’s their name.
‘The Yellow Album’ is the third full length album offering from this interesting group, who describe themselves as ‘Chinatown Dance Rock’, further adding to the tongue in cheek ethnicity references in this album and their band name; references which got them into trouble with the US Patent and Trademark office, due to claims that it was disparaging to Asians. “It was like banging our head against the wall, trying to convince someone that we were not offensive to ourselves; that the community was in overwhelming support of our band.” Despite this and other obstacles over the past 2 years such as unexpected line up changes, The Slants continued to tour regularly and quickly rose in popularity across the US.
After a brief and unusual introductory piece, we’re brought straight into ‘Con Kids’, a dance track with a hard hitting punk style energy, which knocks on the doors of so many genres yet doesn’t quite fit into any – paving the way of an album which really is in a world of it’s own. With the solid instrumental delivery in this album it would have been easy for The Slantsto simply throw in a few lyrics offhand and get away with it; but with heartfelt lyrical offerings such as ‘Adopted’ which references Aron Moxley’s own upbringing, it’s clear that this isn’t the case.
If you really want a few musical influences, think of ‘The Killers’ to start, mixed with a bit of ‘Depeche Mode’ for dinner and some ‘Talking Heads’ for dessert…But even that doesn’t do this band justice. Describing The Slants is like trying to describe each single candy in a bag of pick ‘n’ mix; it’s pointless because they’re so damn good you know you’ll be eating 10 at a time anyway. You want to get candy now don’t you? Well just don’t forget to pick this album up on the way.
This was their 10 Year Anniversary. It was The Slants’ third time, my fourth (in 2009, I performed with my defunct side band, Last Stop Tokyo). It was incredible.
The weekend was jam-packed: from doing panels and autograph sessions to playing the concert, to judging the cosplay contest, I didn’t have many moments to stop and think about it all until after it was all over. It was a great reminder of everything I love about playing our hometown convention: people genuinely appreciative of us being there, treated well, and the concert turning into one giant dance party. I especially enjoyed delivering my panel How Being Asian Got Me Intro Trouble. I hope it opened some hearts and minds about racism or the commoditization of Asian culture.
We filmed the concert for a music video (I haven’t seen the footage yet but I hear it is spectacular) but I did find this clip on YouTube. I hope to be back again soon.
San Diego Comic-Con after parties. No badge required, both shows are free. Both shows featuring some of the hottest API bands in the West Coast right now. The venue is within 4 blocks of the convention center, parking is available close by.
You have no excuse.
The only thing standing between me and our upcoming tour is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We’re going to rock it!
07/13: Berkeley, CA: Asia Rock Fest at Le Pena Cultural Center (all-ages)
07/14: San Diego, CA: San Diego Comic Con party at The Stage Bar (21+)
07/15: San Diego, CA: San Diego Comic Con party Redux at The Stage Bar (21+)
07/16: Los Angeles, CA: The Mint (all ages, bar w/ID)
07/17: Scottsdale, AZ: Rogue Bar (21+)
07/18: Phoenix, AZ: The Lost Leaf (21+)
07/19: Denver, CO: The UMS Festival
07/20: Tulsa, OK: Tokyo in Tulsa (all-ages)
07/21: Tulsa, OK: Tokyo in Tulsa (all-ages)
07/22: Tulsa, OK: Tokyo in Tulsa (all-ages)
07/22: Austin, TX: Headhunters Bar (21+)
07/23: New Orleans, LA: The Den (at the Howlin Wolf)
07/24: Birgimgham, AL: The Nick (21+)
07/25: Private party for Kickstarter backer
07/26: Nashville, TN: 12th & Porter (18+)
07/27: Wausau, WI: Wausaubicon (all-ages)
07/28: Wausau, WI: Wausaubicon (all-ages)
08/03: Portland, OR: Dante’s (21+)
08/09: San Antonio, TX: SanJapan (all-ages)
08/10: San Antonio, TX: SanJapan (all-ages)
08/11: San Antonio, TX: SanJapan (all-ages)