The Manchester-based sibling duo Slap Rash has been around for a couple of years now, but their recent signing to Disobedient records shows that they're just getting started. We chatted with the duo about their recent signing, their new single and how they're handling making music amidst the pandemic.
Despite only having three singles and a demo track to their name, the Manchester-based sibling duo Slap Rash is already making waves and a name for themselves. The duo, consisting of Huw (bass and synths) and Amelia Lloyd (vocals and drums) have been known for years for their energetic live shows in Manchester's lively underground scene. However, it wasn't until this past March the duo signed to a label, Disobedient Records.
Coinciding with this signing, Slap Rash released the single "Cimmerian," which showcased an evolution in their sound. Even though Slap Rash is sticking with their jagged and raw post-punk style they established with their first two singles, the new single finds them experimenting in the darker ends of the genre now with drum machines, a moodier production and longer (in relativity) overall song structures.
We chatted with the duo about their recent signing, their new single and how they're handling making music amidst the pandemic.
How are you holding up during the pandemic? What has the COVID-era been like for you musically?
Amelia Lloyd: Initially, it was quite a challenge adapting. We don't live together anymore, and learning to write and record without being in the same space took some getting used to, but I think we wrapped our heads around it pretty quickly. Blessed be the technology of today.
Huw Lloyd: There was a sense of panic when things started kicking off. I ended up having to leave Manchester and adopt a new writing strategy. It was a bonus that this resulted in a catalog of demos that wouldn't have been a thing otherwise. So I'm glad I can look back at this time and have a glimmer of positivity.
How did you two get your start as a duo? What was it like in the first few months after becoming SLAP RASH.
Amelia: We've performed in a couple of bands together. SLAP RASH was initially a three-piece with our good friend Oli on the drums, but with moving away, university and the future vision for the band, we came to a mutual understanding to just go ahead as a two-piece. I think it works so well, and there's definitely an element of sibling telepathy going on between us.