If you haven't heard of the female-fronted four-piece indie band from South West London, Slaney Bay, you’ve been missing out! Made up of four childhood friends, the band were formerly known as Flux and has just started a new chapter in their music careers. The band consists of four incredibly talented musicians; guitarist and lead vocalist Caitlin Whitley, lead guitarist William Nicola-Thompson, bassist and vocalist Joel Martin and drummer Beth Stacey.
Slaney Bay released their debut single Talking About You on June 16th which I definitely recommend listening to! “Talking About You is an indie love song that encapsulates 'tunnel-vision' for a romantic interest” which has received radio plays prior to its release in the UK as well as in Los Angeles and Canada. If you’re a fan of indie music, Slaney Bay are definitely a band to check out and look out for!
Talking About You has a stripped-back feel to it right from the start but is in no way devoid of energy! Fitting well within the indie genre, the band’s sound is somewhat familiar but upon trying to place where you’ve heard it before, it becomes totally unique. As a debut single, Talking About You has a refined sound that really establishes the band. It’s a sound that I'm sure will become recognisable as Slaney Bay very soon!
The single really demonstrates the talent of each band member both individually and as a group. Talking About You proves that the band have a serious ability to write music, the songwriting is some of the strongest I’ve heard in a while and definitely deserves some recognition! The track manages to be stripped back, chilled, and impossibly catchy at the same time which is no small achievement! It’s one of those songs that works both as background music for active listening.
Talking About You has a perfect blend of each different element, nothing is competing to be heard and nothing is overpowering. With the solid backing track highlighting each member of the band’s talents equally, the easy-to-pick-up lyrics are sure to be in my head for days now! Slaney Bay have a seriously defined sound that’s consistent with its image which gives them an incredible online presence to bring out a debut single!
Talking About You is a strong debut single for the band and sets the standard high for the amazing things to come from them! Slaney Bay are definitely a band to watch and if this single is anything to go by, I think we can expect some incredible things from them! Make sure to give the band a follow on social media to ensure you don’t miss out on anything new! Give Flare Magazine a follow on social media too to keep up with the new music coming out across the UK and get in touch if you’re releasing something new!
Words by Chloe Pollard.