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Tune in to LBC (local and satellite) this Friday, October 28, at around 5pm, Beirut time (GMT+2). I’ve been invited to a show called Helwi Beirut and am going to be interviewed by one of these lovely five ladies below. Which one is your guess?
People outside Lebanon can tune in to http://www.lbcgroup.tv/, register for free, and watch the interview live.
It’s like “Inside the Station” has become a classic already. Almost two years after its release, this track just made it on the very cool and super sexy compilation of the This Is Paris magazine. Click on the image below to dowbload the whole compilation for free.
“It’s so much better than Daft Punk and Justice combined” - wrote Stéphane Colombet about Slutterhouse’s debut album on the leading French electronic music website http://www.premonition.fr/
Article in French here and English translation below:
“Let’s say it right away: Slutterhouse is a discovery that is really worth checking out. With ‘Made in Dance’, a first album written between Paris and Beirut, Rabih Salloum and Nabil Saliba managed to conciliate their tastes for rock and electro with great skillfulness. Because their little crossover sounds rather new and right. The combination of their respective influences gives birth to an electropop of quality, varied, very well produced, without however taking itself too seriously.
Each out of the 10 tracks of ‘Made in Dance’ is interesting. Amongst them, we shall particularly remember Doe-eyed that already makes you want to dance. We also really love French Robot Leuve and Her Face with their subtle electro sounds that remind us of Finitribe‘s golden era (Rabih’s voice sounds is indeed very similar to Finitribe, especially on these 2 tracks). Of course, the single Inside the Station is well chosen, for it is unstoppable: played loud, it could wake up a whole cemetery! And then, the song Made in Dance that insures a very personal coolness. In our opinion though, it’s the more atmospheric tracks – like You’re So – that impose the biggest respect, as much as they’re reminiscent of the wonderful birth of electropop. You’re So itself reminds us of The Beloved‘s best tracks.
In one word, just like in ten words, the Slutterhouse duo has brilliantly managed to enter the club of the new electro groups that one should know about, showing a real personality and a beautiful freshness; two things that are becoming more and more rare nowadays. And then, it’s so much better than Daft Punk and Justice combined.”
We’re so glad to be representing the wonderful MINI cars in the Middle East this upcoming year for their brand launch in the region.
The first event is going to take place in Beirut on October 23rd and will feature live performances by a few artists, and will be headlined by Slutterhouse.
Check MINI’s press release below or on http://www.mini-me.com, and to all of you people in the Middle East, participate in the competition and win tickets to Beirut to watch us!
Beirut: Slutterhouse, or more precisely front man, Rabih Salloum, could never be said to shy away from the limelight. The promotional poster for Thursday night’s gig – a naked Salloum, heavy-laden with eye makeup, striking an Aphrodite pose with a homoerotic bent – is as bold and confident as the man it captured staring directly at the camera.
The show in the cavernous cellar of Beirut’s Basement club is the band’s first gig in Lebanon in 2010 and the partisan audience consists mainly of people Salloum knows personally.
“I don’t really like playing in front of my friends and family,” Salloum said. “On the other hand I feel more love when I’m on stage in Beirut than I do anywhere else,” he reflected just before he sauntered on stage looking like some lupine back-of-the-tour-bus progeny of Robert Smith and Marc Bolan.
Slutterhouse are the aforementioned Rabih Salloum, who writes the songs, and Nabil Saliba – brains behind former electronic act Trash Inc. – who produces the synths and beats.
The singer and producer are domiciled in Paris and Beirut respectively, and Salloum has arranged a live band in France who have been touring with him over the past few months around the French and British summer festivals.
Tonight he has hired the help of a few friends to fill the void. They are equipped with all the portable gadgetry (iPads, laptops, etc.) required to play a striped down version of the tracks from Slutterhouse’s 2009 superb debut LP, Made in Dance.
Salloum was joined on stage for three songs by guitarist and childhood friend, Ramy Tibi (from Rama’s Whisper), who adds a few over-zealous metal guitar effects that work for a while but begin to sound a bit incongruous against Slutterhouse’s rock electro sound.
They play a few new tracks, including Here goes the moon, which was introduced with the proviso: “we only wrote this the other day and don’t have a second verse so I’m just going to sing the first one twice!”
“I grew up listening to old rock and roll – stuff like T-Rex, Aerosmith, so when I met Nabil I was not really into electronic music,” Salloum explained. “One day we made a song together just as a joke and we posted it on the internet and it made a big buzz.”
The resulting sound is polarized between Salloum’s rock-influenced vocals and Saliba’s digital production, which gives firm nods to Italo disco, French electro, and Detroit techno. But it never strays too far into the esoteric, maintaining a sold disco pop backing to Salloum’s heavily modulated vocals that are digitally contorted from a Lou Reed croon to a Brian Molko whine.
“We went to record some tracks with a few girls and one of them was reading [Kurt Vonnegut's] Slaughterhouse Five so we thought we’d call the band Slaughterhouse Blues. It eventually morphed into Slutterhouse,” said Salloum.
Whether by accident or design Salloum has taken up the mantle of its contemporaries in France, where he has lived for eight years. His world-weary vocals are, when unmodulated, reminiscent of those of Paris’ Poni Hoax, while their synth club sound has the trappings of early Black Strobe’s electro-house, before they decided to burn their career by releasing a goth-metal album, ironically titled “Burn Your Own Church.” Giorgio Moroder’s, now-global eurobeat genre, Italio disco, flashes out of much of the sound, probably a hangover from Saliba’s previous musical project, Trash Inc.
Salloum plans to break his band out into the “international scene.” He has been diligent in getting Slutterhouse’s memorable name into the wide world through playing live and promoting via social-networking, and with some success – their songs have been played on US commercial radio and they have signed to British label, Ringside Production, and are being promoted by AnR Worldwide, which have been responsible for promoting La Roux and, God help us, Lily Allen.
The front man has a “love-hate” relationship with his homeland. Asked if he has a specific connection with Lebanon he exclaims: “God no! It’s not my priority. Musically, I think it’s too restrictive.”
“People always look down on you because you’re from Lebanon. When we first started I didn’t even want to say where I was from l because you always get the condescension from the western world which is when they say ‘Look at these people in Lebanon! They do some good shit sometimes’.”
His plans for Slutterhouse are not without reason. They played a tight show to a captive audience and Salloum is nothing short of magnetic as a front man. Under the strobe-lights during Inside the Station, the song played just before the encore – a brilliant cover of Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence – Salloum betrays his leviathan aspirations for his band: “All God’s creations deceive me,” he croons. “But all the world will know my name.”
- Arron Merat, for The Daily Star
I stumbled upon a Slutterhouse mention in one of the brilliant Peter Guy‘s articles about Liverpool Sound City. The article is about the live performance of the young Liverpudlian band Fly With Vampires, that I had the pleasure of discovering and enjoying a couple of weeks ago during the festival.
“[...] Edging round to the right we take up residence with Slutterhouse‘s Rabih Salloum, from Paris via Beirut, this man arrived and he’s not into messing around, however, from the get go the Liverpool youngsters on stage have us exchanging knowing nods and collective smiles.[...]”
Click here to read the full article
Click here for Peter Guy’s blog.
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And keep listening to Slutterhouse’s radio station on Radiolicious for support!
Slutterhouse’s first single Inside the Station has been chosen as one of the tracks to appear on the coming 2nd season of SHREDUCATION.
Created by the producers of Shred and Shred II, Shreducation is a high-flying reach for the top of the snowboard world for a team of talented young riders lead by former pro Jesse Fulton. The classroom is where the tour takes them on their globe-trotting journey, searching for success and discovering life lessons along the way.
Entering its second season on international television, Shreducation Season 2 is confirmed to beaired by MTV2 Canada, Nickelodeon New Zealand, and Nickelodeon Australia with the opportunity to possibly be picked up by a number of other television stations.
Stay tuned for more info as they come!
Songs featured in this clip:
- Blind Melon – Change
- Cut Copy – Future
- Face to Face – Walk the Walk