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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Melbourne band Slowly Slowly have announced the release of Race Car Blues - Chapter 2, a brand new collection of songs to accompany their third studio album, Race Car Blues. Complete with 12 new tracks, the band will also release a limited edition of double LP’s, dubbed the Race Car Blues Extended Edition.

The new instalment is set to complete the story that began on Race Car Blues, almost exactly one year since the original record was released. Made up of songs created during the writing sessions of Race Car Blues, the new songs were left on the cutting room floor for the original trackless. Overtime, the collection of tracks took on a life of its own and called for its own record.

Frontman Ben Stewart explains: "What we first envisaged as background information that assisted in connecting the dots of Chapter 1 soon became its own entity and has actually planted a few seeds," he shares. In retrospect, some of those pieces that didn’t quite feel like they fit on the original album have served as great stepping stones to where Slowly is headed. Chapter 2 pushes the envelope a little further in every direction – heavier, more pop sensibility and a deeper dive into intimate solo songs. This is and has always been the ultimate aim for Slowly Slowly, to celebrate the music we love – anthemic heart on sleeve songwriting – but across a broad spectrum of genres. Having no creative ceiling for this project only pushed that ethos further."

To celebrate the announcement, the band have shared a new song from the record, The Level tackles the battle between your heart and your head, and fighting your instincts. The track is accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek music video, reminiscent of Fall Out Boy’s iconic visual for Thx Fr The Mmrs. "This song is about fighting your instincts, a head vs heart battle. It's about not wanting to be swept up in whimsical emotion, stay grounded and be pragmatic about the situation – all while butterflies swim around in your stomach. Look out for the two hidden Springsteen lyric references in here!" Stewart says of the track.

Slowly Slowly are due to play Live At The Bowl alongside Ocean Alley, Maddy Jane & The Grogans in March, their rescheduled headline Race Car Blues national release tour in June, as well as slots at Full Tilt Festival in Melbourne & Brisbane.

Race Car Blues – Chapter 2 is out February 26! Watch the music video for The Level below.


Friday June 4 - Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW

Saturday June 5 - The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Friday June 11 - 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Sunday June 13 - 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Friday June 18 - Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA

Saturday June 19 - Badlands Bar, Perth, WA

Friday June 25 - Altar, Hobart, TAS

Saturday June 26 - Saloon Bar, Launceston, TAS


Wednesday March 24 - Live At The Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

w/ Ocean Alley, Maddy Jane + The Grograns

Saturday June 12 - Full Tilt Festival, Brisbane, QLD & Saturday July 3 - Full Tilt Festival, Melbourne, VIC

w/ Northlane, Hands Like Houses, In Hearts Wake, Thy Art Is Murder,

Luca Brasi + more


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