If you’ve spent any time in the Los Angeles music scene, you can attest to the oodles of talent vying for attention in the world-famous clubs along the Sunset Strip. As history would suggest, the bands come and go and sometimes … rarely … they break through to uber-stardom.
Not to be dissuaded by the odds, Los Angeles-based punk rock band Pink Slips fronted by 17 year-old Grace McKagan have unleashed their self-described “shitty punk synth pop music” upon the world with their self-released debut EP, Say L’Or Venus. Joined in this quest by Keenan Bevens and Trent Peltz, McKagan and the Pink Slips made their live debut at the CBGB Festival last October and have since been plying their wares at historic LA venues like The Troubadour and Viper Room. The group recently release a video for their album’s first single, Foxy Feline, and as you can see, there’s way more going on than their self-deprecation may suggest.
Does Grace’s surname ring a bell? If so, you’ve probably already guessed out that she’s the daughter of Duff McKagan, famed bassist for Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Walking Papers. Grace not only grew up surrounded by music and has always been drawn to the punk rock ethos, but literally has music in her genes. “My goal for the Pink Slips is to break the internet punk scene to the mainstream,” says McKagan. A bold statement but why not?
Give the new EP a listen and you’ll hear that The Pink Slips’ attitude and music evokes the spirit of an era past, when the burgeoning punk scene instilled no boundaries or rules, combined with the group’s love of modern pop. McKagan says the music is, “a tribute to today’s obsession with romanticizing intergalactic fantasies.” “When people come to our shows I want them to feel as if they are in CBGB watching Blondie back in the 70’s. I want them to feel as if they’re going through a time warp that worships punk rock yet appreciates our youth and pop music today.”
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