One of the most significant female punk bands of the late 70s, the Slits have reunited and front woman Ari Up is bringing them to the USA for their first full-length tour in over two and a half decades.
The band was from punk origins with an aggressive and confrontational sound that is most definitely their
own, but like their friends The Clash and others the young band became heavily influenced by reggae music and dub production. They played a brash, fun, snotty catchy punk rock that became increasingly experimental and avant-garde during the early 80's laced with Ari's signature wobbly screeching wails and yelps.
Not only did they bravely leap into the fray with little, if any, musical ability (on their debut tour with the Clash, Mick Jones used to tune their guitars for them), but through sheer emotion and desire created some great music, setting the stage for a future generation of riot grrrls. It was not long after that the girls defined their own sound and style, mastering their instruments and creating something completely original by merging punk with the organic and tribal influence of reggae and dub.
The band featuring singer Ari-Up and bassist Tessa Pollit, will be doing a 4 week reunion tour of select cities in the US around their showcase at CMJ.
The trek is slated to kick off just before the band's first new material in two decades, the Revenge of the Killer Slits EP, hits shelves on October 17 via SAF Records. As previously reported, the EP features Slits Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt joined by such guests as Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and Adam & the Ants guitarist Marco Pirroni and backing vocals supplied by Cook's daughter Holly, Tessa's daughter Phoebe and Mick
Jones' daughter Lauren. The live show is rounded out with new and talented girls, including Holly Cook.
10.25 Wed Philadelphia, PA. First Unitarian Church w/ the Apes
10.26 Thu Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Bard College w/ the Apes, Shellshag
10.27 Fri London, Ontario. Call the Office w/ the Apes
10.28 Sat Toronto, Ontario. El Mocambo w/ the Apes
10.29 Sun Montreal, Quebec. La Sala Rossa w/ the Apes
10.30 Mon Boston, Massachusetts. Great Scott Club w/ Aids Wolf, the Apes
11.01 Wed New York, NY Knitting Factory (Panache/Blueghost/Lovepump CMJ
Showcase) w/ Aids Wolf, The Apes, The Plot, Green Milk, Genghis Tron and
11.02 Thu Hoboken, New Jersey. Maxwells w/ the Apes, Genghis Tron
11.05 Sun Washington, DC. Black Cat w/ the Apes
11.06 Mon Charlottesville, Virginia. Satellite Ballroom w/ the Apes, Rah Bras
11.08 Wed Atlanta, Georgia. Drunken Unicorn w/ the Apes
11.09 Thu Birmingham, Alabama. Bottletree w/ the Apes
11.11 Sat Austin, Texas. Emos
11.14 Tue Tucson, Arizona. Club Congress
11.16 Thu San Diego, California. The Casbah w/ Dmonstrations, Mika Miko
11.17 Fri Los Angeles, California. Troubadour w/ Dmonstrations, Mika Miko
11.18 Sat San Francisco, California. Mezzanine w/ Dmonstrations, the Mall
11.19 Sun Oakland, California. The Uptown w/ Dmonstrations
11.21 Tue Portland, Oregon. Dante's w/ Dmonstrations, Get Hustle
11.22 Wed Seattle, Washington. El Corazon w/ Dmonstrations, Twin
11.26 Sun Chicago, Illinois. Logan Square Auditorium