We are Snow In Slow Motion and we make happy sad music to dance to. We write dark pop songs with guitars and electronic things. We love to sing. We love to play with live instruments and robot bleeps. Sometimes the machines are in control of us, and sometimes we are in control of them.
We love music by Soulwax, Chic, LCD Soundsystem, Caribou, Daft Punk, Wild Beasts, The National & Prince. (One of us also loves 80s Genesis, but we’re not really allowed to say that).
We formed in 2017 in Chelmsford, Essex and are made up of Luke Hatley (vocals, guitars & synths) and Rob Lord (bass, drum machines & synths). Both of us had been friends through the Chelmsford music scene for more years than we care to admit, watching each other’s previous bands (Cat House, Captain Kidd, Things We Lost In The Fire & Dinosaur Act) and dancing at each other’s club nights (Exile Off Duke Street & High Off The Dancehalls). Our hometown is an odd place, and like most commuter towns within earshot of London, it suffered from a lack of regular alternative gig venues, so we’ve had to make our own entertainment over the years, ultimately leading to the creation of Snow In Slow Motion.
Since getting together we’ve built a home studio to practice and record in, and have been slowly creating a strong collection of synth pop songs, performing and releasing them on our own timetable, putting family and work lives first. It’s not a rock and roll thing to admit, and clearly we’d love to be playing shows around the globe, sharing our music with as many people as possible, but the real world, for the moment, comes first.
However, we’re incredibly proud of the music we’ve created, original dark electro pop formed from bass & guitar jams over drum machine loops, with a strong focus on lyrics, melody & harmony. Our first EP (EP1) was released in early 2017 to surprising acclaim, pushing us to the top of the Reverb Nation charts for Electro in Essex. From that we performed our debut gig at The Bassment in Chelmsford, where we worked out we could translate our electronics & guitars live, creating huge sounds far bigger than you would expect for a two piece.
“Snow In Slow Motion make their debut on stage tonight and steal the show. Like The xx if LCD Soundsystem had taught them how to be a better band” Dave Arscott, Rubber Soul
We ended 2017 on a high, with a support slot for Little Cub (of Domino Records & 4* The Independent album review fame) and also landing the number 14 position of the respected end of year chart from Paul Dupree‘s Transmission radio show, sandwiched between Beck and The National.
2018 allowed us to focus on writing & catching up with tedious admin things like studio upgrades, and we are now ready to release our second EP (EP2) on November 28th. A hugely ambitious release, containing collaborations with female vocalists, live drummers and fellow electro artist Hemmingway – we’ve thrown the kitchen sink at it. Coming On Strong hits like a synth pop Paranoid Android, and Aeroplane Window lures you onto the dance floor with its silky electro disco vibes and catchy pop chorus, juxtaposed with something much darker going on in the lyrics. The EP is then rounded off by a remix swap shop with Hemmingway – they remixed us and we remixed them.
We launched EP2 as special guests on Paul Dupree‘s Transmission radio show again, on November 28th, 8:30pm – 10:00pm. We will be chatting with Paul, debuting Coming On Strong AND performing two full songs live in the studio. The show will be transmitted live online via http://chelmsfordcommunityradio.com/ and locally on FM in Chelmsford on 104.4FM.