Slam Donahue is a New York City based rock band led by singer/guitarist David Otto and bassist Thomas Sommerville. Showing little enthusiasm for anything other than songwriting, the two decided to focus on solely that. Producing hundreds of songs, some pretty ok, as a type of independent learning process taught them what not to play. They found out early the road is long and continue to write as you read this.
Their Hemlock Tea EP is a synthesis of up to this point. A collection of songs showing their obsession with melody, the EP’s five tracks reflect life with rock guitars and keyboard patches. Ayad Al Adhamy, a long time friend and supporter took the band’s early boombox roots and ran them through the crusher and a large mixing board. The result is a record that cuts through whatever fog music has become. Bored with what there was, the band made what they wanted.