The Slowdowns have been together since 2005 and performed at the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown many times before earning a residency in the street level bar which they maintained from April 2007 till the infamous pub shut it’s doors in December 2012.
Since then they have been known to frequent other dark haunts in as well as regular appearances in Newcastle, Maitland, Katoomba and many Festival performances.
While they hail from Inner City Sydney, you wouldn’t know it by listening to these boys play their own special brand of country music. They reckon they’ve found the secret formula to getting people drinkin’ and up dancing’ and generally havin’ a good time.
“We call it The Slowdowns Hillbilly Disco Revue,” says lead singer Dave (Harry) Harrington. “We take classic rock and pop hits, add a bit of banjo and guitar, five-part harmonies and then bash them out with a good old-fashioned country beat.”
Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Cold Chisel never sounded like this before. “It’s great watching people’s reaction when they realise we’re playing a song like 'I Was Made For Loving You Baby' by KISS.
The Slowdowns gained a cult following at the Sandringham and are renowned for their love of a good time. “If people know how to have a good time and that’s what the Slowdowns are all about,” says Harry. “We’re a party band, we just want everyone - ourselves included - to have a good time!”
Between them the band members have decades of playing experience and have performed and recorded with some of Australia’s best loved musicians of all genres including Louis Tillett, Ian Rilen, Chris Masuak, The Re-mains, Leah Flanagan, Meta Bass’n’Breath, Jeff Lang, Dogbouy, Paper Scissors and AC/DC tribute Dirty Deeds to name a few.
“We’re stoked to be playing these versions of classic songs as well as having room for our originals and we really look forward to every gig,” says lead guitarist Dylan Hartas.
The Slowdowns will get the party started at Dashville Skyline 2018. Make sure you're front and centre.