Ottawa, Ontario based metal band Slyde first came to our attention when they played Indie Week music festival back in October last year. With their flying V’s, windmills and ridiculous arpeggios, the band made a big first impression. Three months later, and with half the band now relocated to Toronto, Music Vice caught up with Slyde during their January mini-tour of southern Ontario. Taking their musical inspirations from European melodic metal bands such as Soilwork, prog rock and video game music of 80s and 90s, while throwing political lyrics and ridiculous arpeggios, Slyde offer something a bit different to the current rock scene in Canada.
My first thought of Slyde was that they seemed to me to be straight out of Wayne’s World. With some geekish qualities that other rock bands may hide behind their Ray Bans or cigarettes, Slyde are a fun band to watch and provide a breathe of fresh air to a typically broody metal scene. The fun side of Slyde was reconfirmed when I met the band again earlier this month, with Nicholas Favretto warming up for the show by doing various stretches on the dance floor… Stretches that are much needed given the amount of time that Slyde spend spinning their long-haired heads in windmills on stage.
Nathan Da Silva (guitar/vocals), Sarah Westbrook (keyboards) and bassist Nicholas Favretto spoke to me about their influences, politics, social consciousness, conspiracy theories and their ambitions as a band, including taking on Europe. The full video interview is below, together with live footage from the band’s tour earlier this month.
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Big thanks to Slyde for lending us their own video camera for this interview – that’s indie community spirit!
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