Third Outing are pleased to premiere the new track China Skis from SLONK's upcoming record Songs About Tanks out on the 10th of March via Breakfast Record. But before we premiere, we asked Bristolian Joe Sherrin, also of Milo's Planes, quick fire questions about the project...
Hey Joe, the new album is read and we're premiering the first track. Tell us more about the song China Skis?
China Skis is probably the most chipper song from my new album and even then it closes with the line "I was content with sharing nothing, now I have nothing on my own". The song is about being a bit complacent in the things you're not happy with. I've found myself in a very new situation in recent months and I should be using it to my advantage to change stuff about myself - stop working in soul destroying admin jobs that I hate and what not - but I haven't really changed anything at all. Chipper, see.
What is it about China Skis you really like? Apart from writing it yourself, of course...
I like the lyrics in this one, they're quite simple and blunt which is pretty out of character for me. I hated it at first but now I don't hate it and also my friend Josh from Human Bones gets a mention - that's him in the photo on Soundcloud. I was really chuffed with myself for writing that China Skis line after reading Post Office and Josh has been the only person to understand it so far.
How did you approach music on this new record?
I wrote the bulk of the songs in November 2016 - it was not a good month for me for personal reasons but it did give me this astounding surge of inspiration and I wrote a collection of, what I think, are my best songs. I had been listening to a lot of country and folky stuff - particularly Palace Music's Viva Last Blues album and Bright Eyes.
I initially conceived it as a really miserable acoustic album - just one lonely guy and his acoustic guitar, man. But I realised pretty quickly that I wanted to make this album as flamboyant and big as possible as the songs on it are so unique to me and that particular time of my life that I'm never going to write anything like it again and I want to document it to the best of my ability.
Check out the track below and make sure you pre-order the record from 7pm today.