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The Slip


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Boston, United States (1996 – present)

Contemporary avant-rock trio The Slip formed when bassist Marc Friedman and brothers Andrew Barr and Brad Barr (Drums and Guitar/Vox, respectively) moved to Boston together after graduating from high school, where they had met and first began playing music as a group.

In 1996 the trio of recent Berklee dropouts put out their first studio album and began establishing a dedicated fan-base through relentless touring in and around the northeast. A late-nineties blend of extended roots pop compositions and experimental rhythmic approaches, the band developed and found their sound through an extremely supportive local scene of artists, musicians, and actors, coupled with a rigorous, and – soon – national, tour schedule. An eclectic new brand of exploratory roots psych-rock emerged; Van Morrison meets Keith Jarrett meets Talking Heads.

By 2001, the band’s tour schedule had brought them to sold-out headlining shows at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, successful tours in Japan, and a record deal with Rykodisc.

While the band’s line-up remained consistent throughout the next few years on the road, their sound developed considerably and the instrumentation expanded radically. The Slip grew from young, earthy avant-gardes to strong, mature contemporary-rock composers, creating a new sonic landscape that drew equally from Can, U2, and new interests like Built to Spill and Postal Service.

By 2003, the trio’s non-stop touring produced Alivelectric and Aliveacoustic, a companion live set that also represented the inaugural release of their own independent record label, 216 records.


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  • DarkMessengerVI

    Good band! Suffocation Keep is their best.

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Juliossauro

    It's unbelievably hard to find their albuns to download nowadays. Some stuff aren't even on grooveshark.

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Kuggles

    Very unique band, never heard anything like em!

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • jump29

    cool songs.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Kithkani

    awesome band

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mountainhoney

    i heard and i like so i'm spreading the word rofl ~~ x

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • matheusrosa94

    Angels Come on Time is awesome

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • MeowMix24

    What is this rubbish? I listened to Even Rats and all I heard was "Whoa whoa whoa" and a bunch of "Oh oh ohs..." This is why their reviews blow.

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • woxyfan

    @NathanFollens and Shichman: They've got new material they've played live recently. I suspect we'll see a new album within a year or so. It's hard to say, what with all the other projects they've got going, like Surprise Me Mr. Davis and The Barr Brothers. The latter, by the way, is a wonderful album.

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • Shichman

    Incredibly underrated band

    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • MichaelGreff

    Even Rats is the best song of my life.[2]

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • JoeRamboUK

    Even Rats is the best song of my life.

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • CokeAndPizza

    can somebody pm me where I can download some stuff? I wanna buy some cd's but I wanna listen to them first.

    18 Oct 2010 Reply
  • nooneastern

    everyone be sure to check out The Barr Brothers ...

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
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    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • atroopofechoes

    Fans of The Slip would enjoy A Troop of Echoes - saxophone-driven, high-energy instrumental indie rock from Providence, RI!

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • DorMizrahi

    It's just a shame how underrated this band is...

    18 Mar 2010 Reply
  • CokeAndPizza

    You guys are awesome. "If one of us should fall" is my favorite song of you guys ^^

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • rafafontana

    great rock band!

    9 Jan 2010 Reply
  • AddictedAvi

    That review is crap, reads like it was done by a 14-year-old. The Slip is one of my favorites. They're amazing.

    3 Jan 2010 Reply
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