Pennsylvanian two-piece Slingshot Dakota stand out in the US emo scene. In a world of twinkly, fiddly guitars, their keys-and-drums setup is refreshing, and doesn’t make them hit any less hard.
New track ‘Grudge’, taken from a new 7” called ‘Broken’ to be released on long-time label Topshelf, and Specialist Subject in the UK, is melodic and crushing in equal parts, and reaches a thunderous climax, with bucketloads of dissatisfaction being spat out.
Speaking of ‘Grudge’, vocalist Carly Comando says: “I wrote ‘Grudge’ as an ode to all of my experiences in which I have been written off, ignored, spoken over, steamrolled and treated unfairly because of my gender. This song is a way to share this anger with others who feel alienated, whether it’s in their music communities or elsewhere, so that we realize we aren’t alone. I’ve learned to cut toxic people out of my life and to spend less energy on situations that make me unhappy, but I am still constantly battling inequality in the scene I spend most of my time in. This song means as much to me now as it did when I wrote it.”
The new track comes alongside the announcement of a UK tour with Run For Cover’s extremely exciting Petal. The dates are Slingshot Dakota’s first on these shores since 2012, and begin in Bristol at the Deadpunk Special on 6th May.
‘Broken’ is out via Specialist Subject/Topshelf on . Pre-order it here, and view the UK tour dates below