You’ve got to revere and respect your roots in order to tread fresh territory. That’s when you can break ground and truly make a difference. The Slim Kings stand at the eye of a perfect storm for bluesy rock ‘n’ roll. Among the New York group’s ranks are two young guns—singer, and rhythm guitarist Michael Sackler-Berner and lead guitarist Henry Geller—along with legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto, who spent over three decades playing on seminal records for, and performing with Billy Joel. Blending elegant song craft, impeccable instrumentation, and a whole lot of soul, this formidable lineup has recently opened for ZZ Top, Southside Johnny, and The Spin Doctors. The Slim Kings headline club dates in the Northeast regularly and are currently recording with Grammy winning producer, Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards).
This isn’t simply a throwback to the glory days though. It’s firmly rooted in the future. “I like classic rock,” says Liberty. “That’s what I grew up creating. However, I don’t want to be in a classic rock band. Michael and Henry bring fresh ideas and sounds to the table. There’s a hint of old blues in there, but it’s a modern style.”
“It’s a delicate balance,” Michael agrees. “Liberty takes us back to the heart. Henry and I have the pleasure of playing alongside those roots, rather than emulating them. It’s a rare privilege.”
Their debut, self-produced recordings completed in their rehearsal studio in Brooklyn tap into a pure, palpable, and powerful energy. Featuring mixing by Brian Scheuble [Stone Temple Pilots, Stevie Nicks], the drums reverberate with real bombast, while the guitars churn out raw passion. You can feel it on the irresistible first single “My Waterloo.” Sliding from a hulking beat into a six-string echo, it’s as warm as it is wild. “It’s about a girl who destroys you so badly you feel like Napoleon at Waterloo. The damage is irreparable. I think we’ve all been there at one point or another. I know I have over the course of a few marriages!”
“My Waterloo” appeared on the Hurricane Sandy benefit compilation Songs After Sandy, Vol. 2 alongside cuts from the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart, and it began impacting multiple radio formats in Spring 2013.
The Slim Kings are making the kind of rock music that transcends generations. “I want people to feel good about getting back into real players playing real music,” Liberty declares. “There are always cycles in this business. I think the cycle is coming back for honest music.”