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Slam Donahue

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Listen to Its Scary

NY-based band Slam Donahue has debuted two brand new tracks 'It's Scary' and 'No More Talking' off their forthcoming 'Big House Nice Dreams' Mixtape (out March 28) as they make their way down to SXSW. Led by singer/guitarist David Otto and bassist Thomas Sommerville, the band built their identity out of bootlegged recording programs, department store keyboards, and keen, thoughtful melodies. After meeting as youths, playing in rival bands, and then finally collaborating; the duo's skills grew to complement each other in their attempts to test pop music's conventions. Sometimes skirting into new wave, R&B, hip hop, they are after something new and beautiful.

Ceaselessly trying to one-up the other, Otto and Sommerville push towards a sound defined by the sharpest of hooks and exactly the right atmosphere. Self taught and studied under the usual cavalcade of your parents' sixties/seventies icons, John Lennon, David Bowie, Paul Simon, as well as an enthusiastic interest in the history of pop music, idolizing Irving Berlin, Joe Meek, and David Byrne, the band started gaining attention with eclectic live shows and free CDR mixtapes. Outpacing their surroundings, house parties and dive art spaces, they moved on. Leaving a trail of short-lived band members and meticulous, though admittedly lo-fi, home demos, the duo arrived in New York in the summer of 2010, signing with Cantora Records in 2012 to release a proper album later this year.

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