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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Melbourne alt-rockers Slowly Slowly have treated fans to a brand new collection of songs, with the release of their new album, Race Car Blues - Chapter 2. Serving as an accompanying piece to their third studio album, Race Car Blues, the release comes with 12 new tracks. The band have also released a limited edition of double LP’s, dubbed the Race Car Blues Extended Edition, with limited copies remaining.

The new instalment completes 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 track list. 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."

Having dropped a handful of tracks and visuals in the lead up to the record, Slowly Slowly continued to prove they know no bounds, with new sonic shake ups and stylistic choices around every corner. The albums lead single Level tackles the battle between your heart and your head, and fighting your instincts. and was accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek music video, reminiscent of Fall Out Boy’s iconic visual for Thx Fr The Mmrs. Watch the music video below.

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. Find out all the details below.

Race Car Blues - Chapter 2 is out now!


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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