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Exclusive Premiere: The Slants “Con Kids”

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Check out the new video from Portland band The Slants "Con Kids"

The Slants have no problem making a statement, but they’d probably rather just keep making their infectious dance-rock. The Portland, Ore., group, who is known for providing the soundtrack to some insane dance parties, brings their music to the masses with a message. Much like bands like Public Enemy and N.W.A., The Slants, who are all Asian American, are co-opting what was once a racial slur and making it their own. Unfortunately the US Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t see it like that, and when The Slants went to trademark their name, they got embroiled in a lawsuit sparked by a government attorney’s claim that the band’s name was disparaging to Asians. “We were pulled into an unexpected struggle,” explains founder and bassist Simon Young. “A touring band has enough to worry about, let alone an international disaster involving friends and family or dealing with a legal battle against the United States government.” Speaking about the trademark suit, he added, “It was like banging our head against the wall, trying to convince someone that we were not offensive to ourselves, that the community was in overwhelming support of our band.”

Not that fans of The Slants are going to listen to some fusty trademark attorney when it comes to recognizing that the band’s shout-along anthems are filled with ethnic pride, community spirit and set to a beat that is nothing but dance-party fuel. Their new album, The Yellow Album , the group’s third, was named with that same playful calling out of racial stereotypes that has become the band’s hallmark. “We’ve actually been sitting on the idea for a few years,” says Moxley. “The Beatles had The White Album, Metallica and Jay Z had The Black Album, so we wanted to have The Yellow Album.” It is filled with the band’s “Chinatown dance rock” meaning dynamic songwriting, driving beats, and head-over-heels rock and roll abandon, which regardless of whatever ruling the US Patent and Trademark Office makes are the band’s real trademark.

Watch the new video for The Slants “Con Kids”:

Catch The Slants on tour:

12/01/12 – Ash St. Saloon (Heather’s going away party, 21+) – Portland, OR
1/04/12 – Destination Anime at Emerald Coast Convention Center – Destin, FL
1/05/12 – Destination Anime at Emerald Coast Convention Center – Destin, FL
3/22/13 – Zenkaikon at Lancaster County Convention Center – Lancaster, PA
3/23/13 – Zenkaikon at Lancaster County Convention Center – Lancaster, PA
3/24/13 – Zenkaikon at Lancaster County Convention Center – Lancaster, PA
3/25/13 – Zenkaikon at Lancaster County Convention Center – Lancaster, PA
5/24/13 – Ultimacon at Sheraton New Orleans – New Orleans, LA
5/25/13 – Ultimacon at Sheraton New Orleans – New Orleans, LA
5/26/13 – Ultimacon at Sheraton New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

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