Slow Riots

Slow Riots


Melodic sludge/shoegaze from Queensland, made up of three teenagers who wish to bathe your ears in dreamy, brooding tunes before CRUSHING THEM INTO THE GROUND WITH NOOOOOIIIIIIIISSSSSEEEEEEE


Started by James (guitars, vox) and Jacob (drums) when they were both 12 years old, Slow Riots has since become a force to be reckoned with on the Australian music scene. Unlike many bands on the Gold Coast, Slow Riots haven't changed their sound to suit the trend (aka. gone hardcore), and have thus remained largely unknown in the 4 years they have been around. Their influences come largely from noise rock bands such as Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Slint, Rapeman, Shellac, The Mark of Cain and Fugazi, but also dream rock/shoegaze groups like My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, Grouper and the Pixies.

Besides all still being in their teens (James and Jacob are now 16, bassist Rob is 19), Slow Riots have wowed local audiences with their abbrasive stage presence, mature songwriting and profound lyrics. Their debut EP that they have been working on for the last two years is about to be released, under the name "BORED".

Put simply, Slow Riots are not a bunch of garage-dwelling kids who slapped a band together and gave it a name. They are a tight, serious group of musicians who put everything they have into their songs and performances. If you get a chance to see them live, do not pass it up.


Machine Wife

Written By: James Hilan

My wife arrived the other day
They left her on the doorstep in a cardboard cage
Do you believe in love? Do you believe it can be manufactured?
I didn't believe, I hoped.

And I hope I chose the right time
For a relationship commitment-free
Still I can't shake the way she's programmed to stare at me.

And as darkness slowly falls
Machine wife makes no sound at all
In the morning I change the oil
Machine wife makes no sound at only shallow love.

I'm trapped in love, I'm trapped in fear
She's a delicate intrusion on the atmosphere
I can't afford the cost of all the love I've lost
But I've gained nothing from you.

A common misconception
I feel the rapture taking hold
Simulate my existence
Til we both grow old.

And as darkness slowly falls
Machine wife makes no sound at all
In the morning I change the oil
Machine wife makes no sound at only a matter of time.

And her tone is heartless.
And her cooking's ok, more or less.
And her sex is loveless...


2-track EP (self-released 2009).

Bored EP (forthcoming 2010). Music video released for track 3 "Machine Wife", that can be viewed at

Set List

Maggots In My Junk
Adopt Me
Machine Wife
There Are Strangers At The Door