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"A GOOD SONG MAKES YOU FEEL SOMETHING. WHICH IS WHAT MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT."
Written by cHLOE poLLARD
Slaney Bay have recently released their debut single, and it’s definitely been leaving a mark on the music industry! The new single, Talking About You, featured in a review earlier in the month which you can find here if you want to hear more about it! The band, made up of guitarist and lead vocalist Caitlin Whitley, lead guitarist William Nicola-Thompson, bassist and vocalist Joel Martin and drummer Beth Stacey, developed a “shared love of music through going to gigs together in London: Tame Impala at Ally Pally, Black Honey at Boileroom etc.” With a revamp in sound over the last two years, the band has some amazing new things coming that are definitely worth getting excited about!
Having been surrounded by live music since a young age, Slaney Bay are looking to try as many things as possible within the industry, “we just want to dive into as many experiences as possible. Essentially tick off bucket-list items…playing a big festival, getting airplay on BBC Radio 1, touring different countries… the list goes on!” Big dreams are always the start of incredible achievements and for a band like Slaney Bay, I can definitely see them coming true!
The plans don't stop there however! The band also “want to grow creatively, writing and releasing more dynamic songs. Learning from other acts and bands and finding our footing within the industry.” I think it's safe to say that the band has big plans and a lot of ambition to fuel them. Slaney Bay’s lead singer Caitlin Whitley told me that a more specific goal is “to play O2 Brixton Academy. I’ve seen so many incredible bands there, and it really shaped my musical taste and drive. I think playing there would be a surreal experience, and a proud moment for my younger teenage self.”
Slaney Bay’s music “covers the whole spectrum of indie-alternative” which highlights their passion for trying new things. “We’ve got some softer, slower demos with whisper-like vocals and sliding guitar; and punchy, fast tracks lead by thumping drums and scratchy guitar.” According to the band, “they all have the Slaney Bay feeling within them” and if Talking About You is anything to go by, any new tracks are going to be amazing!
With inspiration for writing and producing coming from so many different places such as photos and film scenes that trigger certain moods and ideas, Caitlin likes to “create song development documents before and during the writing process of a track.” Indie-rock artists from the ‘00s have a strong influence too, big names like The Killers and Arcade Fire combined with a recent burst of listening to lots of Bon Iver and Gengahr fuel the sound the band are forming and so far, is proving highly effective!
The band’s most recent single, Talking About You, started with “a short jamming session between Joel and Will. They sent an audio clip to the group chat, and I instantly loved it. Joel was repeating the phrase Talking About You, and I thought that was a beautiful sentiment. I envisaged the scenario where you’re talking incessantly about someone to anyone that will listen.” Combined with what Caitlin thinks makes a good song, - “a good song makes you feel something” - the origin of the track definitely makes it more relatable to the listener.
The band have so many exciting things coming up and if you’re in the London area, make sure to head down to one of their gigs! Slaney Bay will be playing two gigs in London later in the year (COVID-permitting), The Victoria in Dalston on 22nd September, and Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden on 27th November. “Until then, we’ll be knuckling down and writing more and more demos to expand upon the Slaney Bay discography!”
Make sure you don’t miss out on any of this, Slaney Bay are an incredible band and I highly recommend seeing them live if you get the chance to! Check out their social media in the meantime and check out their debut single Talking About You on any of the major streaming platforms! Give Flare Magazine a follow on social media too to keep up with the new music coming out across the UK and get in touch if you’re releasing something new!
"Thank you to Flare and everyone who has supported Talking About You. We’ve passed 1000 streams, and we’re over the moon with the response. We appreciate every stream, follow and playlist add!"
Interview by cHLOE poLLARD