The Slants

The Slants

 
Portland, Oregon, USA
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The Slants' bombastic live show and hook-filled music is not to be missed. The international touring sensation has been seen and heard on BBC, NPR, CBS, TIME Magazine, MTV, and TV/Radio in 82 countries worldwide.

Known as the world's first and only all-Asian American dance rock band, the group also made headlines with their trademark battle with the U.S government, showing punk roc swagger with a keen sense of justice.

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Portland's The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is "not to be missed" (The Westword). The Willamette Week says "While the band may well be best experienced live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles." The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as "Chinatown Dance Rock."

They've been featured on Conan O'Brien, the BBC, NPR, IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, and over 1,500 radio stations, tv shows, magazines, and websites across 82 countries.

18 international tours, including appearances in 46 of 50 U.S states, have led to headlining showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon Con. The band has also tour/provided support for The Decemberists, Mindless Self Indulgence, Girl Talk, Apl.De.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas), Blindpilot and Shonen Knife. In 2011, The Slants worked with the Department of Defense for a series of shows at U.S and NATO bases in Eastern Europe, dubbed "Operation Gratitude."

Every one of their last 7 music videos have gone viral, gaining tens of thousands of views within days. Their single, "You Make Me Alive" surpassed 300,000 views in the first few months.

Two recent music videos feature martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (The Matrix, Ip Man, & Enter the Dragon) and international stars Daniel Wu and Shu Qi.

They've won "Album of the Year" and "Editor's Choice" from dozens of magazines, including Willamette Week, LA Weekly, Shojo Beat, Village Voice, City Beat, and Rockwired.

Whether rocking music halls, anime conventions, maximum-security prisons, colleges, or army bases, it's clear that The Slants' infectious brand of "so damn good" music will leave you wanting more (MRU Magazine)

Lyrics

How the Wicked Live

Written By: The Slants

V1
Try not to sleep in dreams that creep, nightmares are waiting
and not to bleed from cuts so deep, the surgeon's hands are shaking

V2
The stitches pull at all your nerves
Your voice left torn and bleeding
gently you speak but oh so softly now
the pain repeating

pre-CHORUS
You want to pour your feelings over me, I will not feel
You want for them to see

CHORUS
This is how the wicked live, wasted with their dead tomorrows
manifest with lust filled minds
the negative sex just seems so shallow
This is how the wicked live, wasted with their dead tomorrows
historic dreams, reality
feeding on their lives and sorrows

Heartbeat is Heaven

Written By: The Slants

Do you every fly, do you ever fly into the sky, eyes shut so tight as if your scared of falling?
And did you ever feel, did you ever feel like liquid hitting concrete floors - cold and wet and grimey?

Mental picture now: picture the mental state of someone who sees grey, everythings a maybe
The yes man comes, to give less positive, assertive advice
Yes sir you are crazy

You fight the beast, you fight the beast with bloody clawsand razor teeth and attitude so manic
It's holiday, so dream away the beast to sunny ocean breeze across the Atlantic

and I want to see you smile
soaked in gas next to the fire
because our love is disjointed

Dance to the rhythm
heartbeat is heaven
dance all night because your near

Kokoro (I Fall to Pieces)

Written By: The Slants

Do you want to blow me up
and sell my guts,
send them overseas?

Do you want to tie me up
and take this knife,
and tell me when I bleed?

And when you're dancing by yourself
I completely fall to pieces
And when you're dancing by yourself
I completely fall to pieces

Do you want to take my breath
and cut it off,
take it all from me?

Do you want to make me wait?
I'll stand alone...
for all eternity

And when you're dancing by yourself
I completely fall to pieces
And when you're dancing by yourself
I completely fall to pieces

Do you want to blow me up
and sell my guys,
send them overseas?

Do you want to take this knife
and tie me up
and tell me when I bleed?

Do you want to tie me up and -
I fall to pieces

And when you're dancing by yourself
I completely fall to pieces
And when you're dancing by yourself
I completely fall to pieces