BAND ON THE RISE ~ SLOMO CASINO

October 7, 2021

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HOMETOWN 

Stockport, Manchester

BAND MEMBERS

Jonny Ball (Vocals/Guitar/Chess Champion)

Jack Batchelor (Drums/Wrestling coach)


YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

Jack : Guitar Hero nerd turned kerrang rockstar tours India with ABBA tribute band then decides to make music he likes instead.


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK … WHERE DID YOUR BAND NAME COME FROM?

One sorry November afternoon, we were sailing down a canal on a narrow boat at 4mph in torrential rain. And as we couldn’t get out anywhere, we turned this leisurely boat into a mini - casino. And the name Slomo Casino was born.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

Dreamy indie-pop/alternative with a soulful twist


IF BANDS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SLOGAN … WHAT WOULD YOUR BAND SLOGAN BE?

The casino always wins!


WHAT’S NEW IN YOUR LIFE AND WORK? DESCRIBE THE GREEN, GROWING, CREATIVE EDGE OF WHAT’S ABOUT TO BLOOM.

The seeds of our debut single have been well cultivated, and are ripe, ready, and on the shelves. We’re going to be putting a single out every 2 weeks from there until the release of our debut EP 12th November!


WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED, AND WHY?

Our first single comes is both our best and worst song to date.


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE. WHERE DO YOU REHEARSE?

Freaky - When it’s just the two of us we tend to write and rehearse in Jonny’s home studio. But full band, we sail the open ocean of Manchester’s rehearsal spaces from room to room.

LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND … TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

Jack: it has to be my recent purchase which is a Ludwig black beauty snare, best drum I've ever owned hands down

Jonny: Cowbell


WHICH ARTIST OR LIFE EXPERIENCE INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

Jonny: my first inspiration at about 8 years of age was Robbie Williams with ‘Rock DJ’. Used to be on the tv every Saturday morning , and guess what - It’s still an absolute tune.

Jack: The red hot chilli peppers


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

Jonny: Jeff Buckley’s Grace made me feel all manner of weird and wonderful emotions.

Jack: Parachutes - Coldplay, it makes you feel vulnerable, happy and secure all at the same time, a masterpiece in my opinion


DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

Jonny: I ALWAYS must listen silently to 500 miles, proclaimers, right before I go on

Jack: Not as of yet but I'm sure it'll involve a pint


FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE OR ON TOUR.

Jack: When I was touring in a different band at the age of about 20, the bassist fell off stage in a sold out 1,200 cap y room, I almost couldn't finish the song I was laughing so hard

Jonny:  I’ve personally stood on an amp without locking wheels underneath, and essentially unwittingly skated off the side of the stage, which was a 1m drop!

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IF YOU WERE SECOND ON A THREE-BAND BILL, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE SUPPORTING AND WHICH BAND WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO OPEN FOR YOU? [GOOD CHANCE TO PLUG A NEWER BAND YOU REALLY LIKE]

Jonny: I’d love to support Bruno Mars. We’d be a terrible fit but it would be a hell of a lot of fun. Supporting us, we’ll go for our friends ‘Pave’, who are indeed supporting us in our homecoming show Manchester, 6th November. Local or not, come down!


WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR FANS GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE THEM TO KNOW?

A warm fuzzy feeling inside. And an unshakably, annoyingly catch hook they can’t shake.


WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR ABOUT MAKING MUSIC YOUR CAREER, OR A BIG PART OF YOUR LIFE?

How someone can sleep at night asking someone to travel and play for free, for ‘exposure’ and the privilege.


WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

Jack: Bon Iver at primavera sound think it was 2016 or 2017, unforgettable

Jonny: Rage Against The Machine, Download 2010. I was in school, young and malnourished from the weekend and it blew me away


SHARE ONE QUIRKY THING ABOUT YOU OR YOUR BAND THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW.

Neither of us can read


BEST BAND NAME YOU EVER HEARD?

Slomo Casino


WHAT’S YOUR BENCHMARK FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN?

Jonny: Be cool, have your own unique voice, and don’t take yourself too seriously

Jack: Playing the song rather than intruding on it

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