By Liam // Friday 21 Sep // 14:21:32 // View
“It feels so weird when I play solo now,” says reluctant superstar Liam Frost, of Liam Frost and the Slowdown Family. In fact, the actual name of the band is a little more complicated “I do honestly feel like it is just The Slowdown Family now. I always did want to be in a band.”
“It just so happened, it started off as The Slowdown, and then we got some more band members, so it became The Slowdown Family. And then I lost some band members, and it felt stupid calling myself The Slowdown Family when it was just me on my own, so I used my own name. But then I got a band back and I was just on the verge of getting signed and we settled on Liam Frost and the Slowdown Family.”
Liam signed to Lavolta Records at the end of 2005, soon after a tour with kindred spirit Stephen Fretwell, and quickly put out the gorgeous ‘She Painted Pictures’ EP, which was quickly snapped up by those in the know. A four week residency in Manchester and London in January and Febraury 2006 proved to be a sold out success story and was quickly followed by a debut UK tour in May. Summer 2006 saw Liam and the band spreading the word with numerous festival dates and special one-off shows with Elbow at Somerset House and Snow Patrol at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Singles The Mourners of St Paul’s and The City Is At Standstill have also been released over summer 2006 and both can be found on the debut album Show Me How The Spectres Dance from September 11th. The album was produced by Danton Supple (Coldplay, Doves, Morrissey) and casts the net wider than the typical singer-songwriter album; it shows off exactly the kind of level Liam and The Slowdown Family are working on.
Combining northern grit with a psychedelic imagination; personal tragedy with black humour; a strong, centrifugal solo artist with the strength and unity of a big band; Liam Frost and The Slowdown Family will confound expectations at every turn. “At the gigs”, says Liam, “there is an element of the singer-songwriter fans, we do get that. But we also get the emo kids as well. I actually think we’re as much of an emo band as anything else.”
The only thing you can say for certain is that you’ll be floored in an instant.