The Slants' Aron Moxley, right, and Simon Young perform July 21, 2008 at Lion's Lair in Denver. The Slants will play on March 21 at the Hi-Dive. (Photo by Joe Nguyen/AsiaXpress.com)
The Slants bring Chinatown dance rock to Denver
Portland-based Asian-American rockers make Mile High City stop on March 21
By Joe Nguyen, AsiaXpress.com
March 18, 2010
Chinatown dance rock comes back to Denver on March 21 when The Slants roll into the Hi-Dive.
The Portland-based electro-punk rock group – whose name is a tongue-in-cheek reference that Asians have slanted eyes – makes a stop in the Mile High City in the middle of their Pageantry Tour. The 17-day tour, sponsored by G-Sake, takes place in lieu of the release of their sophomore album, Pageantry.
According to band frontman Aron Moxley, the new album takes a step back from the "clubby" electronic flavor associated with their debut release, Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts, and employs a heavier rock-based sound.
"It's much more of the old-school, old punk rock feel where (band founder and bassist Simon Young) and I came from," Moxley said in an interview last July. "And we're going to put synths on top of that. It's going to be much more of a rock 'n' roll album and electronics with it. Not an electronic album with a little bit of guitar with it."
Certainly helping with the band's new sound is the addition of drummer Tyler Chen, who joined in December 2008.
"Tyler actual brings more of a rock 'n' roll flair compared to some of our old drummers," guitarist Jonathan Fontanilla said. "He's brings a new approach to it, which makes the sound completely new and exciting."
However, one thing that is the high energy they put into their live performances.
"It'll be one of the best shows they've ever seen," Young said. "Even people who aren't into the music will walk away entertained – we put everything into our live show."