The Slants

Infobox musical artist |
Name = The Slants


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Origin = Portland, Oregon USA
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Genre = Rock, Synthpop, Electroclash, Dance music
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Years_active = 2006–present
Label = Independent
Associated_acts = The Stivs
URL = http://www.theslants.com

Current_members = Aron - Vocals
Simon Young - Bass
Gaijin (Michael) - Keys
Jen Cho - Keys
Johnny - Guitar
AC - Drums

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The Slants are an Asian dance/rock group from Portland, Oregon. The band was founded by Simon Young, formerly of The Stivs. They are one of the only Asian bands in the electroclash sceneFact|date=June 2008, combining traditional electronic dance/snyth pop sounds oft compared to Depeche Mode, or Joy Division with a modern, aggressive edge.

"The Slants" competed in the Northwest Semi-Regional Finals for the "Bodog Music Battle of the Bands" for the opportunity to be featured on the Fuse TV reality show and compete to win a $1 million dollar recording contract. [ [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2008-02-02/asian-rock-band-the-slants-sweeps-northwest-semi-regional-finals-in-bodog-music-battle-of-the-bands-to-secure-place-in-tv-series Asian Rock Band The Slants Sweeps Northwest Semi-Regional Finals in Bodog Music Battle of the Bands to Secure Place in TV Series - Anime News Network ] ] The band consistently placed at the top of the competition early on. However, when they learned that they would be required to sign a 73-page non-negotiable contract in order to continue the competition, they dropped out. The band reasoned: "This was just not the right fit for our band at this time – or any band, really." [http://www.portlandtribune.com/features/story.php?story_id=120406655199794600 The Slants turn down chance to win recording contract, TV spot ] ]

The Slants have garnered a niche fan-base of otaku as a result of their appearances at anime conventions. The band has also been featured in the shōjo manga magazine Shojo Beat [ [http://www.theslants.com/press/press.html press ] ] , as well as partnering with the magazine and Sakuracon for a Hello Kitty guitar contest. [ [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2008-02-07/asian-dance-rock-band-the-slants-give-away-fender-hello-kitty-guitar Asian Dance-Rock Band The Slants Give Away Fender Hello Kitty Guitar - Anime News Network ] ] The Slants are also a Fender Music spotlight artist [ [http://www.fender.com/artists/index.php?id=79 :: Fender®.com :: ] ]

Their debut "Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts" was listed in the top 5 Asian-American albums of 2007 by AsiaXpress. [ [http://www.asiaxpress.com/Articles/2008/jan/top5_albums/3.html Top 5 Asian-American albums in 2007 - The Slants - Asiaxpress.com - Features ] ] "Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts" was independently produced and released. With the initial pressing of the album now out of print, the band remixed and re-pressed the album with new artwork.

Formation

The band was formed after posting ads to local classifieds, Craigslist and locations such as Asian supermarkets. The process took 2 years to finalize a line-up. [ [http://anime.ign.com/articles/864/864046p1.html IGN Advertisement ] ]

The band name, "The Slants", is derived from an ethnic slur for Asians. Of the band name, bass player Young has said:

"We want to take on these stereotypes that people have about us, like the slanted eyes, and own them. We’re very proud of being Asian — we’re not going to hide that fact. The reaction from the Asian community has been positive." [ [http://www.asianweek.com/2007/08/31/the-slants-no-dirty-knees-here-2/ AsianWeek » The Slants: No Dirty Knees Here ] ]

Musical Characteristics and Influence

lanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts

tracklist
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title1 = Sakura, Sakura
length1 = 3:48

title2 = Capture Me Burning
length2 = 3:53

title3 = We Will Never Die
length3 = 3:34

title4 = Stranglehold
length4 = 3:36

title5 = Haruki Murakami
length5 = 1:12

title6 = Love Within My Sins
length6 = 3:55

title7 = Jin-Do
length7 = 0:59

title8 = I Want Everything
length8 = 2:47

title9 = Kokoro (I Fall to Pieces)
length9 = 4:27

title10 = Welcome to Doomtown
length10 = 4:35

title11 = Vice Versus Virtue
length11 = 4:08

References

External links

* [http://www.theslants.com The Slants' Official Website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/theslants The Slants' myspace page]
* [http://www.youtube.com/slantsvideos The Slants' You Tube video channel]
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