Slushy: Giving Pop/Punk Its Good Name Back

19 Apr

Nowadays, for a band to be labeled “pop/punk” is a stigma.  Just look at bands like New Found Glory or Sum 41.  But I have always found it hard, nearly impossible to find any correlation between true pop music or true punk music with any modern pop/punk bands. So when I asked Slushy whether they considered themselves a pop band or a punk band, I was surprised by their response. “Both. The best punk bands are just bands that wanted to remind everyone how good pop music is. We write pop songs, but then we only half-learn them and play them fast and loud, because that’s how music is supposed to be played.”

And why shouldn’t Slushy embrace both sides to their music.  I’m tired of taking the long way to describe a band like Slushy to my friends.  “Well they write pop music, but it’s sloppy, and it’s loud.”  Finally, I’ll just give up, settling on, “They sound like the Ramones.”  But it’s not just the Ramones I hear with Slushy.  I can’t be sure, but I suspect someone in the group may own Children of the Nuggets.  Slushy’s “Wrong Words” recalls The Point’s “All My Life” with its early 60s structure and 80s sentiment.  (If you don’t own Children, don’t try to find this song…I looked for you already. No luck.)  For Slushy at their best, check out  the bubblegum pop of “I Wanna Die Young,” or the Ramonesy “SF Gals.”

Read on for an interview with Slushy and be sure to show up early enough to see their set at the White Mystery Blood & Venom Release Show tomorrow at Panchos.

1. How did the band come together?

Slushy started around August of 2010. Chris was playing shows on
his own, and Max and Jason were in a band together. Their band broke
up, so Max started playing with Chris. Brent saw them play, and
started helping them get shows. After a while, they decided that the
four of them should play together, so they did, and became Slushy.

2. How did you decide on Slushy?
It’s sloppy and poppy and catchy and summer and syrup and all good
things happening at the same time.

3. What are your top 3 influences?
The Beatles, Tony’s Pizza, and stoops.

4. Would you call yourselves a punk band or a pop band?
Both. The best punk bands are just bands that wanted to remind
everyone how good pop music is. We write pop songs, but then we only
half-learn them and play them fast and loud, because that’s how music
is supposed to be played.

5. Describe your recording process?
Well, we don’t really have anything out, so we don’t really have a
recording process. We recently went to Strobe Studios in Humboldt Park
and recorded together as a band for the first time. We played
everything live in the room and recorded to tape, then did overdubs to
make it all even more awesome. So far we’ve just put out some CDR
demos that Chris and sometimes Max recorded at home with a drum
machine and a broken guitar amp.

6. What part does Chicago play in your music?
Chicago has some great people and great bands who motivate us to keep
making more and more awesome music. Chicago winters are terrible,
which is why we have songs about having fun in the sun and going to
the beach and girls from San Francisco.

7. Buddy Holly or the Ramones?
Oh man, this is like Sophie’s choice. Gotta go with the Ramones, but
only because of Riff Randall.

8. Describe Slushy to a 90 year old woman.
Guitar music. Like the Beatles but more handsome.

9. What are your plans for the rest of 2011?
We’re putting out a record with Slow Fizz, and maybe a couple of other
labels by the end of the year. Playing shows around town and around
the midwest. Wearing shorts for a while, and then switching back to
long pants. Getting slices at Tony’s as frequently as possible.

10. What local bands should I interview next?
All of these if you haven’t already: The Hussy, Tyler Jon Tyler,
Sleepovers, BIgcolour, Wild

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