Isobel Abbott-Dethrow sat down with the members of local St. Louis band the Slow Boys, Dylan, Jack, Bill, and Cory in Ballwin, MO, and asked them some questions.
Isobel: How did the Slow Boys form, and how long have you guys been together? I remember seeing you guys play at the Sinkhole in April 2017. Was that your first show, as well?
Jack: Bill and I started playing together in December 2016. … and we were like, “Let’s make a band, dude… We need a name.” Then, the “Slow Boys” just fell right in.
Bill: We wanted to be the “___” Boys. We weren’t sure what the word would be.
J: Our first show was at Eureka Wine House. That was in February 2017.
Dylan: Cory joined when we went camping.
B: Yeah, we went camping together and got into some trouble. And we were like, “Hey Cory, you wanna play some songs?” Then, Dylan pulled through; his first show with us was at the album release.
I: What are your major influences?
B: Smashmouth is pretty tight. I like Parquet Courts, DIIV, The Cure, Wire, and Playboi Carti.
D: Jack’s my personal influence.
I: Are you guys currently in school?
J: Yeah, I think all of us are.
Cory: I go to high school; they go to college.
D: I go to Lindenwood.
J: I go to Webster.
I: What’s your go-to venue or house to play at in the St. Louis area?
J: Pete’s house*.
B: Pete’s house is tight.
D: Foam** is the easiest to play at. You go, “Hey Foam, show?” And they’re like, “Yeah, show.” It’s also really nice there.
I: For me, the songs that stand out the most on your debut album are pizza for peace and woah not now/night sweats, mostly for their lyricism. The lyrics are short, but have a ton of meaning and imagery behind them. What is the writing process like?
C: As far as pizza for peace, I was working at a pizza place at the time. I didn’t want pineapple or vegetables on my pizza, and my coworkers started hating on me for it. Then, I tried it, and I did like it. So, it’s just an allegory for what’s going on politically right now. I’m not trying to make too much of a statement; it’s mostly comedic.
J: For woah not now, I was really young, and I had the words from a long time ago. The chorus was not the same; it was something weird. I wrote the chorus differently and thought, “This kind of sucks.” Then, we played it and I thought it was cool. It was also longer.
I: What’s the craziest show you guys ever played?
D: When we played at the Cloud 9 vape shop in Fairview Heights, and a bunch of cops came in while we were playing!
C: When we played with the Buttertones.
J: The Fubar.
D: Oh yeah, the Fubar.
B: I was going crazy. So much s#*t happened.
J: Oh, and the mansion house.
C: That was the biggest house I’d ever seen in my life.
J: It was at one of our friend’s grandpa’s, who owns a bank or something.
I: I’ve gained some new friends because of these tiny house shows and concerts you guys have been at. How does it feel creating a sense of community among people who go to your shows?
B: Pretty tight.
D: If that’s true, that’s sick.
J: I never thought of it like that; that’s awesome.
C: All you can hope for is bringing people together.
I: Will your next album go in the same direction as your debut, or are you changing things up a bit?
B: We always change things up a bit. We try to diversify as much as possible. There might be some Latin jazz on this one.
I: What does the local scene mean to you guys, and how would you encourage people reading this zine to go to your shows or other St. Louis bands’ shows?
D: It’s cool. It’s my favorite thing; If they don’t do it, they should give it a shot.
B: It’s cool to get younger people involved. There’s so many shows, it’s bulls#*t when they’re 21 and up. This stuff is supposed to be for everybody.
The Slow Boys
Where: Foam Coffee Shop, 3359 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO
Pizza For Peace
Woah Not Now/Night Sweats
*Pete’s house is also a house venue in Webster Groves.
**Foam is a coffee shop/concert venue on the corner of Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue.