INTERVIEW: The Party Slogan

The Party Slogan’s ‘Southern Eyes’ shows that an immense future is on the horizon for post-punk Edinburgh band

Originating from Edinburgh, the Scottish five-piece return with their latest offering ‘Southern Eyes. Drawing influence from the likes of New Order and The Cure, the band flirts with the post-punk and indie genres, with a hint of 80s new wave. The tune is raw which has prominent punk sensibilities alongside energetic and distorted guitars. Their debut single ‘The Man I Would Hate to Be’ and their second single ‘Everything / Nothing’ differ in sound, but they don’t pull too far away from their own, unique, DIY post-punk flair which has been consistent throughout.

‘Southern Eyes’ tackles the inside of someone’s mind who is at the top of the hierarchy within society. This is evident through the lyrics “we want answers” being repeated throughout the track. The quintet raises the awareness of corruption within the government and those who are deemed as the ‘elite’.         

When commenting on the track, the band said: “The lyrics to ‘Southern Eyes’ are based on a fictional conversation between a member of the ‘elite’ and their child. They wanted to put themselves in the mindset of someone who was at the top of society and in their position through many generations of class, economical privileges, and oppression. The child realises the corruption in their circumstances and the fact they were being led into the status-quo and the ways the ‘elite’ became successful”

The Party Slogan are tired and they want answers.

We were able to sit down with them and have a chat about all things, well, them. 

First of all, looking back at the origins of The Party Slogan, how did all of you guys meet?

Robbie: “Calum, Jamie, and myself met as desperate single musicians on Gumtree and masqueraded as a band for about three years before finding the other two. In reality, we were just getting drunk in Calum’s flat watching documentaries instead of songwriting.”
Cameron: “Jamie and I went to school together, and apparently Calum slept on my sofa once when I lived in Perth but I don’t remember. Jamie and I met up to go to a Cloud Nothings gig in Glasgow and he brought Calum along too. They asked me to come and see their band play at Leith Depot and asked me to join the band after the show.
Calum: Ally and I also went to school together, so we have known each other for a long time now and have played in bands together previously. When our last drummer left the band, Ally had just moved up from London and was staying in my flat, so it made total sense for me to ask him to pick up the sticks for us.”

Can you tell us about the song? What is it about?

Jamie: “The idea for the lyrics was for the verses to be a conversation between a member of the elite class and their child who was growing up to work in whatever industry they had made their riches in. The choruses being the shouts of those who have been exploited by these individuals.
Cameron: “Real some theory, folks.

What have you been up to since the last single was released? Have you been keeping busy?

Cameron: “I am a student so I have just been doing online classes, which are terrible. I hope I am able to attend in-person classes next year. Apart from that, I have been buying stupid stuff off the internet.”
Jamie: “Same as Cameron really, been back being a student. At college this year and hoping to go to university in September. Been doing a lot of reading, watching films, and writing tunes when I should be studying.
Calum: “I have been in a very fortunate position to have still been working full time throughout the pandemic, so that has kept me relatively busy. Besides that, I have spent stupid amounts of time and money researching my family tree out of curiosity.
Cameron: “Turns out they’re far the Bloo Toon – thankfully nae the Broch.”

Can you tell us a wee bit about what you guys have been listening to since the last single?

Robbie: “The new Shame album, Arlo Parks, Pizza Crunch, and a lot of Scottish Folk.”
Cameron: “Almost exclusively country and rockabilly after a friend lent me a compilation CD(!) someone had given him. I think I may buy a Stetson off the internet.”
Jamie: “A lot of Shame and Fontaines D.C., had a month where I was obsessed with the Beach Boys after watching Love and Mercy. Recently a lot of Pavement and Bruce Springsteen.”
Calum: “A bit of everything really, but mainly this week I have been listening to local Edinburgh band Cameo Habitat, who are really good. I have also been listening to my two favourite bands of all time, The Drums and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

What artists have you taken inspiration from for ‘Southern Eyes’ 

Robbie: “There was definitely a Fontaines D.C. inspiration going on when the song was written. I really wanted it to have this insanely powerful swirling drum pattern that didn’t stop from the very start. The wall-to-wall guitars were influenced by listening to a lot of Cocteau Twins.
Jamie: “For me lyrically, it has been Stiff Little Fingers and Manic Street Preachers. I think there is a lot of Suede in the music too.

Why have you chosen ‘Southern Eyes’ as the title of the track?

Jamie: “It was just a phrase that came out when I was initially singing the melody over the track Robbie had sent me, I think it rolls off the tongue nicely and is a bit ambiguous.”

What can we expect following the release of the single?

Robbie: “We will be releasing a four-track EP in May, a rollercoaster of our best material yet, chock full of drama, angst, cynicism and some hopefulness for good measure.”
Cameron: “I’ll probably end up doing another donk remix of one of our songs.
Jamie: “We’ve got a lot of new stuff we will hopefully be able to start working on if the lockdown restrictions drop.
Calum: “As Robbie said, there will be a four-track EP release to follow the single, but we are always working on new tunes and ideas so I have no doubt in my mind that there will be further releases later in the year as well.

 

Andy Lawrence
Writer

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