theSlacks band was formed by brothers Scott and Mark last millennium.

A strong DIY vibe runs through theSlacks’ production efforts – it’s an ethos that’s related to rock n roll and punk (maybe once removed). The result is a rough polish that is theSlacks’ stock in trade. The sound of the band has been described as folk-rock slapped about the face by country and the blues with a dusting of Irish-ska.

Self-funded and self-motivated, theSlacks have defied their own millstone of a name and produced two full-length albums, an EP, four music videos and countless tours and dance- offs.

Sounds like...

‘Revisionist Retro Revival Rock’ - Acoustic rhythm guitar lays down a bed of rice over which lead guitar lathers an electric sauce on a beef n’ lamb rhythm-section, combining lyrical drumming with assiduous, melodic bass-lines to anchor theSlacks in rock while hinting at country soil and coastal roots.

Shimmering Subversive Singalongs – everything you didn’t know you needed from a band. Have a dance; get your hips together. Don’t touch-screen, touch each other. 

Big Aroha is the new single by theSlacks. Big Aroha germinated in Marky’s school years after a discussion he had waiting for the bus outside the Inglewood dairy. It was a conversation that stayed with him over the years until coalescing into song several months ago.

Peppered with Te Reo and celebrating strong community ties and deep roots, Big Aroha is a nod to Poi E and a modern Taranaki response to our times. 

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