Ears Wide Open: Slowkiss


Slowkiss hail from Santiago, Chile, although not for long. The quartet — Elisa Froti, Vicky Cordero, Matías Acuña and Ignacio Villagrán — are relocating to L.A. to spread their gospel of ’90s shoegaze-meets-punk rock. Slowkiss’ new single “Forever Together,” the first off their forthcoming EP “Ultraviolet,” fuses grunge and punk pyrotechnics in just the way you’d expect from a band who count Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, the Distillers and Violent Soho among their influences. The song starts dreamy, with female vocals over a lush wall of guitars, before the brash verses kick in. Even if Slowkiss didn’t already have a strong command of English, there’s no language barrier here — it’s 2 tidy minutes of glorious alt-rock noise. After shows this week at SXSW, Slowkiss have two L.A. dates on the horizon.

||| Stream: “Forever Together”

||| Live: Slowkiss play March 23 at Resident, along with Bad Pop (tickets) and April 1 at the Viper Room, along with LA Story, Fallen Union and Chainflower (tickets).