Brooklyn-based indie rock five-piece Slow Fiction are set to release their self-titled debut EP on February 16. Headliner caught up with vocalist Julia Vassallo, guitarists Joseph Skimmons and Paul Knepple, and bassist Ryan Duffin to discuss the band’s origins, their creative and the burgeoning scene bubbling up in NYC…
How did this debut EP come together?
Julia: We recorded our live tracking in Studio G Brooklyn, then we took the live tracks and the stems and Ryan, Joe, Paul, and Akiva [Henig, drums] did some cool stuff on those in their apartment.
Paul: In terms of the songs on the EP, about half of them are songs we’ve had for six months or so that we started playing live and then transformed when it came time to recording them. Then the other half came to fruition more recently after we slowed down from playing live. We started recording in August and then we would just record and work on it whenever we had the chance. It’s been a fun process but it’s nice to have everything done and for the songs to be ready to release into the world.
Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, The Drums Snail Mail) was involved in the making of the EP. How did that come about?
Joseph: He handled the mixing and the mastering, and that came about through a mutual connection we had. So, we contacted him and he was interested in working with us and that was a huge thing for us as we are big fans of his work.
Ryan: We came with all these stems that we had recorded in a lot of different places over a couple of months, and he just took that and ran with it and really brought everything to life.
How did the five of you meet?
Julia: Paul and Joe had already been playing together in a practice place in midtown Manhattan and they wanted to start playing live shows and writing more songs. Me and Paul were mutual friends. I remember meeting them for the first time in a bar and just talking about The Beatles, and we realised we could play together, and we liked each other, but then it was like, how is it going to sound? So, we tried a few things, and it worked out really well, but we still needed a bassist and a drummer. We posted an ad on Craigslist and that’s how we met Ryan. We had another drummer originally, but he moved out of the city, so we met our current drummer Akiva through a friend of a friend just playing shows in the city. We’re really fortunate to have him in the group. Everything fell into place, and it was a really cool way to meet everyone.