The formation of Slide wasn’t exactly love at first sight. In fact, they didn’t even like each other. When the two halves of this dangerously exciting rock duo - Albin and Simon - first met, it wasn’t quite a fit.
“We had to work together at school and at first it didn't click at all. It seemed like we hated each other a little bit,” Albin says. Don’t worry things improved. After meeting and bonding at unhappy moments in their lives, they channelled those struggles into their music. The result? Life-affirming rock music poised to change everything.
Their debut EP ‘Into Happiness’ encapsulates this spirit perfectly. Rough around the edges but with plenty of heart, like all their rock heroes before. ‘Laugh Some More’, the Stockholm band’s first single packs this abundance. “That's probably the grungiest song on the EP,” Albin says. “It's about having an unhealthy relationship to everything that makes you happy and turning everything into a drug. It’s finding yourself not being able to have a healthy relationship with anything.” Musically, it channels some of their big influences - the inventiveness of Red Hot Chili Peppers, the languishing guitar tones of Nirvana, plus Oasis’ penchant for anthemic chorus’. But it goes further than that. ‘Pain’, the EP’s closer is a funky slice of Beck-esque indie-pop while the bubbling ‘Floating’ already feels like a timeless winner. It's devastatingly honest at points but that’s all part of the charm.
“Both me and Simon didn't fit in the idea of this glamorous party, try-hard generation of the noughties,” Albin says. At the time, EDM was going global - especially mainly from their native Sweden - but the boys remain confident in their belief that a rock band can save the world. “Rock music is never going to die. People are longing for this kind of music and authenticity, but they don't really know it yet.” The band is very much aware just how desperate Sweden is for a relatable band. They don’t dip their toes into political waters, instead crafting intimate anthems for a generation devoid of icons. “There's not really any Swedish band that we felt ourselves connected to. I never really thought of it to be a scene over here. Maybe there is a scene, but we weren't invited.”
“I don't talk about societal structures” says Albin. “But I do address that in talking about the darkest parts of me and what I feel. I allow myself to be really emotional and corny and emo or whatever at times. It's a protest to the conformity.’ Everything in Slide’s music because its crucial to the message. Whether it's the complex connections in our lives that make for our daily struggle, or the soaring reminders that everything is OK for another day. Now, Slide are buying their time - safe in the knowledge that their debut EP should rattle some cages and serve a jolt to the sleepwalking-teens that there’s rock music to throw your heart and soul into. “I think rock'n'roll is about new blood. It's about change. There are some good bands, but I think people miss authenticity,” they say.
Good for you lot, then, because they've got plans. “I think a big album from us is going to happen sooner or later. It feels like we’re on a bullet train and I know that we have to keep going.” Slide are the real deal – it’s time to hop on.