But it hasn’t been an easy journey for the band to reach this point. Despite strapping some hard earned wins under their belts in 2018 with two well-received singles, Lena and Waterfall, and securing a highly-competitive Australian Council of the Arts grant, Slag Queens have hobbled into 2019 bearing the scars of significant conflict within the band and Tasmania’s tight-knit music community. The experience of making this record has called into question the band’s ethics; asking what it means to hold strong feminist and anti-racist values in a small community within the context of #metoo and online call out culture.
You Can’t Go Out Like That was recorded by Jordan Marson (Naked, Oceans, Peak Body) in the living rooms of cottages in the Launceston suburb of Invermay and in West Hobart, and mastered by Mikey Young.
Slag Queens was formed in 2015 by vocalist/bassist Lucinda Shannon and drummer Claire Johnston. For this album they were joined by guitarist Tamara Kempton and Dan Kolencik on synths, who both moved on to other projects in late 2018. Slag Queens have since gained Amber Perez (The Foxy Morons/Dolphin/Slumber) on guitar/bass and Wesley Miles on synths.
24/2 Visual Bulk w/208L Containers & DJ Puffy Pank, Hobart TAS
28/2 The Gasometer w/The Native Cats & Terry, Melbourne VIC
1/3 Secret location, w/The Baby +more, Sydney NSW
3/3 Yours & Owls Sunday Sessions, North Wollongong Hotel, Wollongong NSW