The band run through their new EP, track by track.
South West London-based trio Slaney Bay today (Friday, 11th November) release their debut EP, ‘A Life Worth Living’ – a coming-of-age trip through first love, lost friendships, and figuring yourself out.
“Each song represents a different chapter in our overarching tale of growing up,” they explain. “The record is an unfiltered look into our lives: from the guilt about growing independent from your parents, to the dramatic adoration of a first love, to the loss of a best friendship. This whirlwind of intense emotions and character building experiences make your life worth living.”
Give the release a listen below, and find out more about it straight from the band themselves, track by track.
I Could Love You Better
‘I Could Love You Better’ is our thrashing, angsty indie-rock love song. I think there’s something so fascinating about a first love. Every interaction feels consequential. The soaring guitar riff is supposed to replicate a visceral reaction of seeing someone you love with someone else. A punch-to-the-gut kind of feeling.
‘Hot Glue’ is about being thrown into young adulthood, and struggling with the balance between independence and dependency. I often find putting myself first a bit uncomfortable. It can feel selfish – like I’m giving less thought and time to my loved ones. The first ‘Hot Glue’ demo started with this concept of guilt, but didn’t have any lyrics. We were spitballing about what to name the demo and wanted to verbalise that sensation of discomfort… So we thought, “Hot, itchy, painful…Hot Glue!”. Very scientific.
Take Your Time
‘Take Your Time’ is an ode to a lost friendship. I suddenly lost contact with my best friend from Uni, and I never found out why. The last time we spoke was a run-of-the-mill, boring Tuesday evening – and then no one heard from him again. I still wonder where he is, and what he’s up to. ‘Take Your Time’ is a final search for closure in that relationship. Saying, I’m still here for you, and I miss our friendship, but it’s up to you now.
‘LS6’ is our favourite track. It was one of our first demos – with writing starting during the COVID lockdowns. I think everyone started to analyse their lives more during lockdown- from friendships, to employment, to re-examining what’s really important to you in life. I’d been living in the Leeds postcode of LS6 for Uni, and then was suddenly back to my childhood home for the foreseeable future. It felt like we’d skipped a few stages of growing up. ‘LS6’ has all of that pent up confusion, apprehension and nostalgia for our careless teenage years. It’s like a diary entry. So, it felt fitting for the EP to be titled after a lyric in ‘LS6’, “I’m lost on the way, to write a life worth living, or just a page”.
‘What If?’ is the most vulnerable song on the record – it explores my relationship with OCD. I was diagnosed a few years ago, and had a hard time coming to terms with it. It felt like I had no control over a defining part of my identity. The ‘What If?’ verses depict this ideal fantasy world without OCD, whereas the choruses bring that itching sensation of doubt back into focus. The outro merges these two contrasting worlds together – concluding that I’m more than just a diagnosis. Listening to the final mix of this song made us all quite emotional. It felt quite character-building.