In Slush's debut self-titled EP, the trio of Acacia Coates (she/her), Caitlyn Bardsley (she/her) and Scout Tester (they/them) produce punchy, yet sassy punk-rock ear-worms while incorporating personal experiences and issues close to their hearts.
The band balances positivity and anger, both musically and in the subject matter of the songs; some joyous power-pop bops which explore the giddy feelings of having a crush, (‘Middle Name’), and menstrual cups ('Keep Cup’). While other songs which act as an outlet for frustrations around sexism and experiences as woman or gender non-conforming people. ‘Salty’ details personal experiences of misogynistic name-calling from men. ‘Bono’ confronts comments made by the U2 singer about modern rock music becoming too “girly”, and the problematic nature of negative attitudes towards femininity. While ‘Bleed’ is a searing punk tune outlining various misfortunes of having your period.
Picked this one up as part of a Roolette Records tape pack and it's probably my favourite cassette find yet. Catchy hooks, grungy guitar and that all 'round grassroots punk sound. Can't wait for the next album. Cat Wilkinson