30 October 2019

Slagatha Crowd-Faves: Launching ‘Lionel’


Our lovely Slags have a single coming out this weekend, did you hear?

I sat down over pizza with frontwoman Kate Lawrence to talk about the launch, future releases, and why the hell they’re called Slagatha Christie anyway.

Crowd pleasers that they are, they have decided to launch ‘Lionel’ after performing it on Laundry Echo with glowing responses some months ago. Since then, it’s become a gem on their set lists and a tune we’ve all lovingly memorised.

“It’s our most musically interesting song”, says Kate. “It’s the song that people seem to like the most and that’s why we’re releasing it.” They’re also releasing an EP later this year. “It’s called Thomas the Skank Engine!” But of course it is.

Despite being a long time fan, I’d never asked any of the members how they came up with their name before this interview, so here’s a little trivia for you hardcore slag-brethren like me.

The band got their name from a song loved by both Kate and Jess, ‘English Murder Mystery’ by The Lucksmiths. “It’s about a girl that likes Agatha Christie novels more than boys.”

The pun name was also a little inspired by fellow local punks Marlon Bando. “We were jealous that we didn’t come up with Marlon Bando before Marlon Bando did,” says Kate. “Pun names. Much funner bands do pun names. You get a lot of bands that have quite serious sounding names and you’re not gonna have as much fun at those gigs. (pause) That’s probably not true. But if people like us, that’s fine, and if they don’t, I only spent $90 on this guitar that’s mostly plastic.”

Accompanying them on the Phoenix stage on Saturday will be Melbourne band Turn South, local punks Sarky Bastard, and solo act Jamie Leone. What a ripper lineup!

Slagatha Christie will be touring their EP later this year, but in the meantime, get yourselves to this single launch. It’s gonna be so much fun!

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