After toiling away for years in the basements and garages of Long Island, New York, The Sliders broke onto the rock scene in 2007 with their demo EP titled "Eric & the Sliders." The band's first full-length album, produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank, Jack's Mannequin, The Rocket Summer), was released in April 2011 and has met very positive reviews. The record is built on heartfelt coming-of-age tracks and is titled "City By the Sound," a name drawn from the foursome's experiences and escapades growing up in the suburbs of New York City. In the 11 songs of their album, The Sliders meld an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz and blues. With standout singles like "City by the Sound," and "Chasing After You," The Sliders are an essential addition to any music lover's library.
If it sounds like The Sliders have known each other forever, it's because they have. Eric (vocals/piano/guitar), Bryan (guitar/vocals), Mike (bass), and JD (drums) have been honing their talents together for years. JD knew "it always felt natural," as the group began playing local shows and drawing a hometown crowd. "I knew that this band was going to work once we started, the chemistry is obvious," Bryan says. Since 2007 the guys have dedicated countless hours to practicing, writing, recording and performing throughout the New York music scene. Mike admits that "the late nights were tough but I wouldn't change it for anything."
The Sliders are influenced by current groups like Maroon 5, The Script, Parachute and The Fray as well as classic acts like Paul Simon and the Beatles. "We pride ourselves on being catchy but clever," says Eric. The Sliders have evolved from the average hometown emo crowds and have created a blues-inspired, piano-rock sound that sets them apart from the masses. In softer songs like "Way She Moves" and "Letting Go", strong vocals harmonies help display the band's musically mature side.
The Sliders are hungry for the masses. In 2010, the band performed at the Bamboozle festival after winning the associated "Break Contest." They drew a crowd of hundreds to the Meadowlands and continued to grow their fan base throughout the summer with shows around the New York City area and hometown of Long Island, New York. Since then, The Sliders have expanded into other northeastern markets and have successfully began fan bases in New Haven, Philadelphia, Ithaca, and Washington D.C.. Despite their blistered fingers and sore voices, Mike says the guys "love the reaction they get from the crowd" while playing. JD agrees that there's no greater thrill than "getting on stage and seeing your fans and friends dancing to the music your creating."
The Sliders' charisma is notable and significant. Outwardly expressive and funny, the boys' presence is captivating and exhilarating. Onstage, The Sliders command attention and deliver a show that is hard to forget. They're suburban beach boys with a feel-good sound. All four Sliders don jeans and plaid with clean haircuts and big smiles. The Sliders are proud of their music and are always happy to talk to fans before and after a show. "We love to relate to our fans," says Eric "we are playing for them, not for ourselves."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times