Slum Sociable are tender and emotive on 'Do Something About It'

“People take what they want from the songs, and we just hope to be able to create a little moment in time when we play live to connect with it.”

There are a lot of feelings and emotions stirred up by ‘Do Something About It’, the latest in lo-fi jazz hop from Slum Sociable.

“I’m constantly impressing myself,” jokes production master and guitarist Cregan Quinn. Most emotive and soulful numbers such as this would capture an experience, but Slum Sociable capture a moment.

“The circumstances when we wrote that song, we were in New York, a snowstorm, and that’s what came out. We went into the studio with no expectations and didn’t think it was that special. Whenever we showed it to someone, it’s the one that’s been most catching – the reception’s been great.”

‘Can’t Figure It Out’, the second single from their upcoming LP is equally, if not more, powerful. “Similarly, we didn’t think much of it,” says Quinn. “You give it to people and they’re attracted to it. The key for us is to write as many songs as possible so it’s easy to let go of stuff you’ve enjoyed when the culling process beings.

“They were all written pretty quickly, and anything that’s stewed on too long loses its mystique or appeal, to us at least. Those two are really good experiences.”

Slum Sociable have always put their heart and soul into their work, the latest material following suit and playing out very much according to their stories and experiences. Though getting the message over to an audience so that they too can relate can be a difficult task. “Miller’s vocals are brilliant and his tone is emotive, so it’s always going to be associated with an emotional song. Every song has this emotive undertone.

“In a live context his technique creates a moment,” Quinn says. “People latch onto different lyrics. I’ve had people come up to me after a show, [for example] in New Zealand people were like, ‘We love to fornicate to ‘Castle’’ and it’s like, well, the context isn’t necessarily about that but if you’re into that then that’s totally fine. I guess what I’m trying to say is, people take whatever they want out of the songs and apply it to their own circumstance, and that’s awesome.

“People come up and tell us that a song helped them through a rough time – on that particular night we had people telling us they liked to have sex to that song; that’s fine. People take what they want from the songs and we just hope to be able to create a little moment in time when we play live to connect with it on a personal basis.

“People who come to our shows are really open-minded with what they want to hear. We’ve played songs three years ago and people have come up to us and asked that we play it though we never released it. I feel like we’ve got a really smart, intelligent group of people listening to our stuff.”

There’ll be more material for people to connect to, whatever way they wish, when Slum Sociable hit the road. The duo have a couple of new tracks they’ll be debuting, and as far as reactions, Quinn isn’t sure what to expect. “I think our fans are really open to us testing on them,” he says. “For such a long time we only had five or six songs out, so a long set would be comprised of new stuff that people had never heard. It’s good to test the waters.

“The two we’ve released certainly evoke a very emotive feel. We’ve got other tracks that feel a lot more upbeat, maybe similar to our earlier stuff. It’s not a conscious decision of ours when we go into the studio. The songs we’ll play live have a more, almost soul feel in terms of how upbeat they are, definitely songs you can party to.”

Slum Sociable will play The Night Cat on Friday July 13, Barwon Club on Friday July 27, and Karova Lounge on Saturday July 28.