Five Questions With… SLIFT

Band: SLIFT
Country of Origin: France

I’ve been looking forward to the day we could feature French garage-psych group Slift ever since I caught the music video for “Fearless Eye,” which pairs that track’s spacey psychedelia (complete with shimmering flutes) with strange, occult goings-on in the Spanish Desert.

The track comes from their debut LP La Planète Inexplorée, released across five labels (Howlin’ Banana Records, Stolen Body Records, Six Tonnes De Chair Records, EXGAG records, and Rockerill Records). It’s that kind of excess that makes the band’s singular sound so memorable, and while there are hints of Thee Oh Sees, Wooden Shjips, and other similar cultish psych titans, this is one of those rare albums that sounds fresh from the first note. Tune in and drop out with this week’s “Five Questions” as the band talks the changing face of the French garage scene, sci-fi influences, and more.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

It’s hard to choose one, but I would say “Bajas Fresh” (Bitchin Bajas)

2. How did the band members meet?

There are two brothers, bass player (Rémi) and guitarist (Jean), and we met the drummer (Canek) when we were in high school. Classic, but effective!

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

There is a scene in Toulouse, bands like Edredon Sensible, Hubris, Sec… And we also have Lo Spider (Musician / Engineer / producer)! Many things gravitate around this guy in the French garage scene. But the venue close one after the other, there are only few bars and some big venues expensive to rent. The cultural policy of the city really sucks about underground scene and music not subsidized. The salute comes from the squats, they organize a lot of concerts and it’s places where you can rock. There is an audience for adventurous music in Toulouse, bands from around the world, please come!

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

Cinéma, books, all the science fiction stuff.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

Toulouse, with big amps and all the sound-system. There were a lot of people! The police arrived and tried to stop the show, but people started screaming and telling them to leave. The audience was really sick, but in a good way, very respectful. The cops are gone, victory.

Paul

Paul experienced a spiritual awakening in high school when he accidentally tuned his radio from the modern rock station to the local college station. He spent time as both a DJ and Music Director for Elon University's WSOE FM, where he also first met sonic soulmate Ryan Sweeney. Paul's favorite genre is "fast, raw, and loud."