The Mi(ke) Slingers

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      This picture is a great representation of what the Mi(ke) Slingers bring to the table as a musical act. Fun, connected…about it. They’re made up of two Mike’s and the gun packing keyboard player, Helen. Mike on the far right is married to Helen and their connection really brings another level to their live performance. Anybody that connects to music can see the connection they share about the music, and it’s really a beautiful thing to watch. If I had to describe them in two words it would be mellow intensity. The aura they give off is relaxed confidence, but they play the music with intensity and joy. I think that’s what it really comes down to. The joy they feel playing gets caught up and mixed into the music as its output to you. 

      They’re a cover band that covers old school rock and juke box favorites, which is really ideal for the venue that they were playing in. All of the songs they played were amazing, but I want to focus on two which just kind of blew me away. First, Bob Dylan’s Isis. Isis was off his album Desire and tells an epic love story as if it were rooted in magic.  The song speaks on precious metals, alchemy, and jewels. It’s named after an Egyptian goddess. Consider it “The Notebook” of Bob Dylan songs, but much cooler, obviously, because…it’s Bob Dylan. Maybe, this song was so phenomenal because of the reasons I mentioned earlier but they played this song like they overhead squat. (Mike and Helen are both top notch crossfitters.) It was fluid, but not mechanical. It was engrossing, but not overbearing. Ahhhh, it was good. Just GOOD. 

      The second song was a Rolling Stones Song, and it was epic to me, in the performance, because of the juxtaposition to Isis. “She’s So Cold,” is definitely NOT a love song. It is the antithesis of a love song. “Yeah I tried rewiring her, Tried refiring her…I think her engine is permanently stalled.” See. Not a love song. But it was fun, and they had fun playing it. Which was what the Stones were all about. They took this sound that had nothing to do with Rock and Roll, the Blues, and they folded it into their music making this younger, fresher way of expression. The Mike Slingers really embodied that expressionistic aspect of the Stones.  

      There were no cd’s handed out at the end of the performance and a lot of the viewers were friends and gym mates. Which really made the entire situation that much more appealing. So I say, if you’re ever in a bar and see a flyer for the Mike Slingers, you check them out. Because beer is better when you’re smiling and I promise you, they will make you smile. 

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      Anyone that has ever tried to walk down the streets of Manhattan, in the summertime, knows that you’re not getting very far without a cd being thrust in your hand. Accompanied by a smirk and wink you think, Oh my God! What if he’s the new Biggy? So, fourteen grocery bags, a newspaper and God willing a cup of coffee in your hands, you somehow manage to finagle a free armpit that can carry this cd all the way to your home entertainment system. Then what happens? Most times it doesn’t play, or you forget to play it, or you look at the cover and four nipples from obviously prosthetic breasts turns you off before you even crack it open. This Blog Post is for us. For the forever hopefuls, For the believer of underground talent.

     No reincarnated Biggie, yet, but this EP was overall better than I would have anticipated. The production was engaging and head bumping from the first song “Jim Brown” which, in my opinion, is also the best song of the EP. De Nau Nau Nau Nau WILL be added to the repertoire of childish rebuttals because of this song. “Shooters that’ll turn your trap spot into a slaughterhouse,” its a gritty intro, there were at least three lip curl moments. There were also many moments in this song and the rest of the EP that made you smile. The wordplay, fits into the production I feel like because it’s catchy and understandable. Definitely not on the level of  a Yasiin Bey or an MF Doom – lyrically there’s nothing that would make you go back three times wondering if you indeed are smarter than a 5th grader.

    Hands down its a New York stylistic with certain T-painesque sections, it’s a summer EP.  That fresh, young, cruising down the beach blvd. with the top down is consistent throughout the EP. Both in terms of content and production. You can hear the talent on this EP hands down. I think these guys are going to be masters of their craft in no time. Hopefully, as they evolve, their content will develop into something that will allow their albums to have a cohesive story being told from intro to outro.

   If you’re looking for something to jam out to in your car on the way to the beach it’s definitely a great choice =)