Slam Dunk

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Welcome to Miami

7/10

The winter months have been characteristically bleak, so thank heavens for those crazy Canadians making up garage pop outfit Slam Dunk and their new record Welcome to Miami. Mixing the youthful rebellion/abandon formula so readily apparent in bands like Black Lips, FIDLAR, and Wu Lyf with the structuring chops of the E Street Band, they’ve managed to create one of the best “play as loudly as possible” records in recent memory.

Welcome to Miami is the auditory equivalent of a night spent in a blissfully drunken chaotic state, where everything comes flooding back to you in the morning and you regret virtually nothing. Slam Dunk’s lyrics are straightforward, simple, and honest. There’s an unshakable sense these songs aren’t pure creation but rather things that the band has lived. It’s an absolute triumph of a record and has set Slam Dunk up nicely for much bigger things.

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In the summer of 2009, a group of five Victoria, BC based friends set out to form a band that would incorporate everything they adored in a classic pop hook, but also invoke something more brash and chaotic. Slam Dunk’s beginnings as a casual, house party side project for friends quickly exceeded its intent, snowballing into a steam-powered locomotive of epic grandeur, buzzsaw guitar solos and relentlessly hyperactive drumming.

The group – Jordan Minkoff (vocals/guitar), Duncan McConnell (vocals/guitar/piano), Caitlin Gallupe (vocals/bass), Luke Postl (Drums), Kain Bryson (Saxophone) – built a name for themselves across Canada and California over the last couple of years for their sweat-filled and spastic live performances. After a ceaseless wave of tours for their 2011 release The Shivers, Slam Dunk found themselves showcasing at festivals such SXSW, NXNE and Pop Montreal, as well as onto the top of the Canadian college radio charts. As 2012 winds down, the group is ready to release the aptly titled Welcome To Miami.

Produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain/Ladyhawk/Cave Singers) the eclectic rock-n-roll stomp of their sophomore release is backed by manic, saxophone freak-out psychedelia, backwoods howling and the occasional splash of minimalism. From the opening soul hits of “Can’t Stand It” and on to the thunderous spaghetti-western rumble of “Horse Bumper” Slam Dunk find themselves venturing off into a myriad of styles that make up a dense and inspired album.

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In the summer of 2009, a group of five Victoria, BC based friends set out to form a band that would incorporate everything they adored in a classic pop hook, but also invoke something more brash and chaotic. Slam Dunk’s beginnings as a casual, house par...

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Pop Matters Welcome to Miami 7/10 The winter months have been characteristically bleak, so thank heavens for those crazy Canadians making up garage pop outfit Slam Dunk and their new record Welcome to Miami. Mixing the youthful rebellion/abandon formula s...

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