For the better part of a decade, the Slinkies have been practicing in the shadows, waiting for their chance to hit the big stage in front of the Golden community.
As a part of Golden’s diverse music community, they’ve opened for popular bands in the area such as Shred Kelley, but have yet to have the stage to themselves in front of a larger audience.
Until Wednesday, July 29, that is, when the band is set to perform at Summer Kicks.
“We’re excited to finally share our music,” said Pablo Euphoria, one of the founding members of the band and lead guitarist.
“We’ve been in this band forever and we’ve seen bands pop up and get immediate support while we’ve not gotten a shout out, but now it’s our time to perform.”
With Euphoria on guitar, Jackson Baker on bass, Yannick Robitaille on keys and Pat Meloche on drums, the band is made up of experienced musicians who are all key parts of Golden’s music community. Every member of the band is in another ensemble and all have already performed at Summer Kicks at least once so far this year.
Describing the band as a ‘theatrical music experience’, Euphoria says to expect to come to be entertained
and to not be surprised if things get wild. He warns that there have been rumours of confetti making a surprise appearance.
“I love to perform and it doesn’t matter what people think of it, because I’m just gonna keep performing,” said Euphoria.
“People have different reactions but I expect our performance to move people in some way or another.”
A blend of different genres, the Slinkies will be performing almost all original songs, with a couple of covers throw in to help pass the time between sets. The process by which they write their songs is very organic, according to Euphoria, who says a song is never truly done being crafted.
Euphoria says typically he’ll come to the band with a rough draft for a song and a chord progression and they’ll extrapolate from there, with each band member adding their own unique stamp onto the song. It’s that twist that makes every performance different for the Slinkies, as songs continue to evolve as they’re being performed.
“That’s the hardest part, you can sit on a song for two years and only then will you start to hear more of it and add on to it,” said Euphoria.
For now, the band is just looking forward to taking centre stage in front of their community.
“Hopefully we can turn a couple heads in the process,” said Euphoria.
The performance will begin at 6:30 on Wednesday and will be live streams through Kicking Horse Culture’s Facebook page.
More information and details on the route will be made available through KHC closer to the date of the performance.