Alcatraz Line up: 2023
Hailing from the west of Norway, the four-piece Slomosa have been making waves on the international music scene. Based out of Bergen, the band have coined their own genre - tundra rock - drawing their influences from 90s rock bands. Inspired by the likes of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and Sleep, their music is simultaneously heavy and groovy, with raw vocals and thunderous guitars and topped with catchy hooks. In October 2019 their first single ‘Horses’ was released on all platforms to much acclaim. Their two next singles – ‘There is Nothing New Under the Sun’ and ‘In My Mind's Desert’ - further contributed to the band's growing hype, with Spotify including their music on their official stoner rock playlist. Both singles further showcased Slomosa's unique ability to merge heavy riffs with ‘poppy’ songwriting. In August 2020 their much anticipated self-titled debut album garnered critical acclaim. Regional newspaper Bergens Tidende's reviewer gave the record top marks, calling it "a beast of a debut album". Metal Hammer UK rated the album 8 out of 10, writing "Slomosa is a spellbinding listen crammed with catchy hooks and guitar heroics that recall Josh Homme during the glory days of Kyuss". Spotify listed the album's second song ‘Kevin’ on eight of their biggest rock playlists, sharing the band’s music with an audience of more than 2.5 million worldwide. Meanwhile 90,000 monthly listeners and over a million plays in the wake of their debut album's release have increased their stature and their quick rise is raising eyebrows at home and abroad.