American Slim
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American Slim

Kansas City, Missouri, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Rock




"Home Grown Rockstars in the Making" - Northland Lifestyle

"North Shoppes Concert Series"

2013 Shoppes at North Village Concert Series
Concerts are every Saturday night from June 1 - August 31 from 6-8 p.m.
June 1 - The Brew (Classic Rock)
June 8 - Steve Hall & Friends featuring Laura Chalk (Jazz)
June 15 - Monsters Inc. (Classic Rock)
June 22 - Sean McNown Band (Rock)
June 29 - Joe & Vicki Price (Blues)
July 6 - American SLIM (Rock)
July 13 - Gov’t Cheez (Rock)
July 20 – Scott Peery Band (Country)
July 27 - Rob Lumbard (Blues & Folk)
August 3 - Valentine & The Ticklers (Classic Rock)
August 10 - Dan Doran Trio (Blues & Jazz)
August 17 - Blue Moon Trio (Oldies)
August 24 - Steve Hall & Friends featuring Laura Chalk (Jazz)
August 31 – Noah Earle (Folk) - Andrew Gaug

"The Philistines and American Slim @ The Bay"

The Philistines and American Slim @ The Bay
Sure, Warrensburg is a slow hour drive from Kansas City. But The Philistines and American Slim are worth it. And for all the Warrensburgian audiophiles out there, you won’t find a better concert than Friday’s at The Bay. Both bands land somewhere on the groove-heavy rock section: The Philistines lace their dark riffs with hints of noise and American Slim has a little country twang hiding in their phrasings. Having both of these bands on the same bill all but guarantees a great show.

American Slim draws heavily from late 60s psych rock and folk-rock (think Jefferson Airplane or Country Joe & The Fish). That said, the Kansas City quartet replaces their forebears’ penchant for droning and noisy solos for alt-country phrasing. The result is a sound that can simultaneously ride a tube-warmed groove while never loosing the catchiness of the most radio friendly rock. American Slim is able to live comfortably in sweltering riffs (like their songs “Martin” and “On My Mind”) and in slowly building textures (like “Dancing With The Sun” and “One”). “One” seemingly marries the band’s ability to draw from the pioneers of psych rock and their own unique aesthetic. As powerful on stage as they are on record, the band infuses their already taut songs with extra amount of live energy. No matter what American Slim plays on Friday, the band is sure to impress.

The Philistines are not only one of the most powerful bands (live or on record) that I’ve heard in a minute but also one of the newest additions to The Record Machine. Whether the band is unfurling the snarling sugariness of tracks like “A Heart Like Candy” (which is available on How to Keep Dreaming Vol. 1) or the pummeling progginess of songs like “Aceribo,” The Philistines always give their songs a refreshing amount of depth. On record, their songs’ layers combine and separate in a controlled but organic way that lends the band an air of meandering exploration rather than a click-track certainty. On stage, the six piece backs their sound with a presence that is second to none. And all the energy pours out on stage does little to detract from their technical proficiency. Watching The Philistines play is as close to witnessing Coma-Doof Warrior as reality will allow.

This Friday’s show will be a non-stop rock ride. Both The Philistines and American Slim command the stage with their physical presence and their musical talent. Seeing either band is definitely worth the trip to Warrensburg, and seeing both together almost demands it. The concert starts at 9pm and costs $5. Truly a concert to help wrap up the year, Friday’s show will be a treat for all those who attend and a source of regret for everyone who misses out.
- See more at: - Brian Clifton


Will release first EP in the fall of 2015.



The band was formed by two brothers Patrick and Jacob Newland, they held auditions with some of Kansas City's best young singers and musicians.  After several months of searching and having players over for jam sessions, American slim was finally formed in February of 2012.  Everyone in the band sings, plays multiple instruments, and because of their strong vocals and their ability to perform, they have become a four piece powerhouse.  

American Slim has opened for national touring acts, performed at fairs & festivals, and they travel the Midwestern, United States. 

The Similarities of each member are obvious: - all passionate, and moved by watching the audience falling love with the music. Their differences influence the band's unique sound; bass, lead guitar, acoustical guitar, keyboards, drums, ukulele, banjo, piano, saxophone all blend  together with a distinctive mix of killer vocals and smooth harmonies.  American Slim's vibe is eclectic and it's that quality--the I-can't-quite-put-my-finger-on-it-but-I-love-it sentiment, that the audiences call the band's signature sound: bits of indie, rock, blues, funk fused together for a mix that has evolved from performing covers to writing and performing originals. 

Ask any of the band members why they play, and they will tell you they're for the audience; that their energy comes from seeing fans connect with songs they perform, and their goal isn't just to play because they love music but because their fans love the music. They get that even though they're playing one song, it's heard in an infinite number of ways by those listening, and that's what fuels them. Their excitement comes through in their sound and their high-energy delivery. 

That's one of American Slim's best qualities: each member is unique--quirky, almost--but their differences are what makes the band an eclectic, electrifying mix of old and new, smooth and punchy, and full of fun. 

Band Members