5 Things That Inspired ‘Ex-Head’ By Slowcoaches

5 Things That Inspired Slowcoaches

‘Ex Head’ is released on Feb 26th, via Leisure + District Records.

Did you know that the word ‘slow coach’ was popularised by Charles Dickens? Yep, the first recorded use of the word is in his 1837 novel The Pickwick Papers. That’s just an FYI. Like Dickens, fuzz punk trio Slowcoaches come from London (see what I did there?) and are equally as awesome. Their latest track ‘Ex Head’ is two minutes and fifty five seconds of gloriously distorted and melodic noise (Does the bit that goes “I’m like you” remind you of ‘Drain You’ by Nirvana?) and will be out tomorrow, February 26th via Leisure + District Records. We love the track, so we decided to ask bassist/singer with the group, Heather Perkins to tell us what inspired the track. We’ll get out of the way and let Heather continue. Well, after some tour dates and the music video for ‘Ex Head’.

Catch Slowcoaches on the following dates:

Thursday 25 February – London, Sebright Arms
Thursday 10 March – York, The Basement
Friday 11 March – Manchester, Castle Hotel (w/ Radical Boy)
Saturday 12 March – Nottingham, The Chameleon
Monday 14 March – Edinburgh, Banshee Labyrinth
Tuesday 15 March – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
Wednesday 16 March – Newcastle, Little Buildings, Ouseburn
Thursday 17 March – Liverpool, Maguires Pizza Bar
Friday 18 March – Sheffield, The Food Hall (Food Bank Drive)
Saturday 19 March – Leeds, Temple Of Boom (w/ Radical Boy)

It’s weird, since we released this song, loads of people have asked me what its about. I don’t know if that’s the title or the fact that no one can tell what I’m saying but more than normal people seem to want to know. So seeing as you asked, here’s 5 things that inspired ‘Ex Head’.

1. Work

There’s a repeated line at the end of the song that says ‘Give me the option, I’ll take money over time.’ It refers to people who would rather sacrifice their time in order to be wealthy. Who spend all their time working but don’t have anything to do with their free time, or avoid having any for fear that they’ll find themselves lost.

2. Humour

There has to be a bit of tongue and cheek element when it comes to Slowcoaches. It’s kind of how I justify it all anyway. This song was always going to be the most ‘pop’ tune on the record. There’s parts of it that definitely make me smile when we play them, like the ending. It’s so derivative. It’s so punk rock. But somehow it works within the context of the song. It reflects the lighter hearted stuff.

3. Drains

There’s a repeated line in the song goes ‘Where’s your sunny side/You’re blacking out my mind.’ It refers to people who drain your emotional resources but also to the fact that you have to recognise when you’re draining the emotional resources of others. Not so long ago, I realised that I was one of those people. But I was also surrounding myself with other people like that too. We were all just sapping each others resources. It was exhausting.

4. TV

There’s a line in the song that says ‘You were on TV/Were you looking at me/You looked so mean/Like someone I don’t know.’ I have a very close friend who plays in an incredible band and one time not so long ago, they were on a very famous American TV show. At that point, it had been a long time since we’d spoken and I remember finding it very strange seeing this person who I knew to be so gentle and sensitive and almost childlike looking so angry and in control and so alien to me on the television. It was like I was watching a stranger. Seeing them made me realise that I was also looking at an older version of myself, my ‘Ex Head’. And I didn’t know who that was either.

5. Anxiety

In a very unglamorous, un rock ’n’ roll way, during the time we were recording the album and this song, I had a nervous break down. It was the result of a build up of events and behaviours and things that had been going on for a number of years and then one day I just turned in to a jelly. I couldn’t even physically get from my own flat to my sisters’ which is like a 15 minute walk. It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. Half a year later I still haven’t quite recovered from it. But I’m getting there. I guess the funny thing is that I can be so anxious sometimes, like I can’t walk up my own street but I don’t have a problem playing music in front of a bunch of people. That idea of having two different heads is really what forms the backbone of the song and the video. There’s a light and a dark side to my head but not in a metaphorical way. For me, they are really tangible.

I’m really glad people like the song. And I’m glad people are interested in what it means. And I’m glad that there is a story behind it but mainly, I find that playing live is the best way to exhume and consume the feelings it describes. Over and over until we’re bored of it and it means nothing anymore, which could be quite some time. There’s a lot in there.

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