“The Slow Learners cocky musical swagger sounds as if it were born in New York City smoky bars and exclusive venues, you know, the kind in alleys with no signs. They have a certain air of cool to them, but it might surprise to find out that the band calls the Nation’s capital, Washington, DC home.” A quote from Brian Cambell - Today.com ..... Playing original roots-rock indie with a blues and country edge, The Slow Learners really are a throwback to the glory days of soul & groove. Founded by Ed Jentsch ten years ago, The Slow Learners have evolved into a generational band ; blending the genres of Indie Roots Rock with Blues Funk rhythms, as to create a signature sound. Comprised of Ed Jentsch (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Brendan Ciotta (Bass & Background Vocals), Sam Broe (Drums), Paul Palambo (Lead Guitar) and Joe Wilson (Rhythm Guitar, Sampler & Background Vocals), The Slow Learners have framed their career with diverse, musical backgrounds that stem from studio engineer production, to the collective mastery of various instrumentation. The Slow Learners are creating records that are filled with humorous undertones; juxtaposed with simple, raw and direct lyrics. With three studio LPs recorded and currently in distribution, The Slow Learners have already begun to receive industry recognition by having some of their stand out singles aired amongst an array of FM and Indie radio stations as well via Internet radio. During the past ten years, The Slow Learners have taken center stage at many of the increasing popular venues across Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and New York City. The band has been able to solidify their name amongst a cross culture of fans and fellow listeners. They've played various music festivals and conferences, playing as the opening act for Nationally acclaimed bands.Grounded in their desire to use their music as a simple reflection of Life, The Slow Learners attract a vivid array of fans with diverse musical taste.
ed vocals, guitar, sampler... sweet b - bass and backing vocals, sam broe drums, paul palombo lead guitar and backing vocals, joey guitar, backing vocals and sampler... sometimes mr kraig b greff on keys
We are featured on sounds in a vacum vol 2 compilation cd on atomic mouse recordings
and are on 104.7fm in la
homegrownradionj.com on the paleface makes big noise show
and alpinerecords.com to name a few
Independents uncovered www.wgmuradio.com
97.5 fm in maryland
soupy gotto show in chicago
rec radio in nyc
osh kosh radio in pa
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The Slow Learners cocky musical swagger sounds as if it were born in New York City smoky bars and ex...The Slow Learners cocky musical swagger sounds as if it were born in New York City smoky bars and exclusive venues, you know, the kind in alleys with no signs. They have a certain air of cool to them, but it might surprise to find out that the band calls the Nation’s capital, Washington, DC home.
While it may be hard to specifically pinpoint the accurate adjectives and nouns to describe the bands’ music, the words eclectic and diverse do come to mind.
“We would describe it as Frank Zappa meets the Blues Brothers with a little Jimmy Buffett, says vocalist/guitarist Ed Jentsch. “It’s a roots rock indie hip-hop thing based in blues and country. Unique, the music is real and the words are filled with humor.”
You almost never know what you are going to get with this band from song to song, as their sound tends to change often. ‘Hollywood’ has a weird Miami Vice 80’s vibe to it while ‘Drinkin Song’ sounds like polka. The bands best work might be ‘Jesus Saves,’ which sees their best guitar and piano work. They have indie, rock and dance elements to their music as well. You might think that with all of these different layers to their music that they get a bit jumbled, but to the contrary, the band transitions seamlessly.
“Our music comes from comedy actually,” says Jentsch. “I was never a great singer, more a vocal stylist, so I had to find things I could sing about that were believable to people. What makes me laugh I figure might make someone else laugh and the songs that are not tongue in cheek I look towards Bob Dylan for inspiration knowing no one can compare to him.”
“Just do your own thing and if nothing else it is true and real.”
The band might be onto something by thinking that the music industry is reverting back to the 1950’s, putting more focus on singles than full albums. They are currently attempting to get their music on television and in movies, as well as looking for proper managements and label support.
“As long as no one else will put up the money for us to record, we will record only songs we like, even if they are politically incorrect."
are these songs any good?
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june 6th,2005 OK here's my take- You guys sound like Dr.Hook fronting Little Feat!I gotta give...june 6th,2005
OK here's my take-
You guys sound like Dr.Hook fronting Little Feat!I gotta give you an A+ overall.There's nothing about your musical execution or songwriting that i could possibly fault:
o Hammond organ along with the funky lead provides a "signature sound" that can't help but go over really well at gigs!
o Songwriting is quirky and fun,just like you described it.I esecially enjoyed "ELVIS",but I'm also one of The Bleeding Vaginas' biggest fans,so I'm not sure my opinion really counts for much here.Hearing your rendition of a black church choir going off on The Death Of Elvis rivals that special moment on South Park when Stan tells Cartman "Don't say cocksucker in front of Jesus,asshole!"
o Everybody in the band knows what they're doing;while you dont come off as one of Frank Zappa's supergroups,I'll bet you rock the house when the beer starts flowing.
But mostly,it kept coming back to Little Feat for me.And probably some of the best regionally successful party bands in my memory strove only to come up with That Special Rendition Of Dixie Chicken that had people coming back for more every week.But again,the fact that there was Guinness on tap for a dollar and free Sidecar probably didn't hurt the cause neither...
Originally,the first song o' yers that i heard was the one about cigarettes;and then I checked out your Photo section and see the very first photo dedicated to smoking a cigarette the way the French do it,I knew that This Is A Band That Lives It Like They Play It.You get an A+ for authentic.
But the absolute coolest thing about your band is the photo at your website!You deserve a major label contract just for That Sign!
Now that I know your group better,I wouldn't change a thing in your Bio.In fact,it would be a crime to add punctuation!
Later Bros!You make me thirsty for beer.
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The Slow Learners:a good expeirience playing with them
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The Slow Learners: a good experience playing with them I manage Milton and the Devils Party (...
The Slow Learners: a good experience playing with them
I manage Milton and the Devils Party (Philadelphia, PA), and I came into contact with Ed from The Slow Learners (Baltimore/DC) on Sonicbids Gig Swapping forum.
Gig swapping can be a risky venture; you never really know who you're going to be dealing with when the show arrives.
I am posting here to say that our experience with the Slow Learners was excellent. These guys are very friendly, positive, and professional people. They were excited to play in Philadelphia (The Khyber) on 9/2 and we were glad to meet them and hear them play. They are a high energy band with a unique sound.
We look forward to playing with them again in philly and perhaps in the DC/Baltimore area in the future.
So, if you have the opportunity to play with the Slow Learners, I reccomend it.
we play what is needed for each event. If it is a family show, we play family songs. If it is a club , we play the club type songs. Think of us similiar to The Blues Brothers in being playing for the room.
We play our songs, so whats on the records and a few that are not.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.