Slow Death Lights brings together four musicians with diverse musical experiences, from veterans of the Toronto and international touring wars to talented new players ready to make an impression in the always evolving stoner rock scene. From the depths of their souls and in the take-no-prisoners landscape of Joshua Tree, California, Slow Death Lights unleashed their debut EP Broken Desert Spirit Nightmare and have now more recently released their self titled full length. The band consists of Andre Skinner (drums, vocals, lead songwriter) who is well-known to music fans and fellow artists across Canada for his wide-ranging skills as a drummer, guitarist, songwriter and producer with bands such as Canteen Knockout, Pope Factory, Don’t Church, and Bronx Cheerleader with whom he has toured across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Newfoundland native Devin Legge (lead guitar, songwriting) provides the rock-metal arrangement and melodically wailing guitar foundation of Slow Death Lights. On bass & backup harmony vocals, Luke Stackhouse is another well-travelled spirit of the road from his time with one of Canada’s most internationally-recognised and definitely its busiest touring musician Fred Eaglesmith. Rhythm guitarist Eric Alward is the fresh new face and energy in Slow Death Lights, bringing superbly tight backing axe and songwriting gifts to the band that are back with a vengeance after several years away from the scene. Check out a live show from the band below! You can purchase the self titled album here.
We managed to catch up with the band as they talked about the latest release and more!
On a technical level, Brant Bjork oversaw the recording and overall vibe of the experience telling us he wanted us to record live off the floor like Black Sabbath would have in 1969 strait to tape. The Engineer was Harper Hug, a great guy from LA who’s worked with Beastie Boys, Vista Chino, Brant, John Garcia, Nick Olivery, Dwarves and many many more.
City of Lights – it’s our main single and strongest song across the board. My second favourite is the dark horse called Valley Road, that’s a full on stoner rock instrumental.
That’s a tricky question. The metal scene is healthy, the indie rock scene is MASSIVE, however the stoner rock scene is very small. SDL is going against the grain with our style and we’re ready for the challenge. As with most markets, there’s very much a cookie cutter scene for top 40 that we want nothing to do it really.