Opening Party preview: Slow Turismo

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Our massive, multi-arts Opening Party kicks off in only one week’s time!

To give you a taster of what to expect, we caught up with Sam Conway (vocals, guitar) from Slow Tursimo. Home-grown here in Canberra, Slow Turismo will be filling the Ainslie Main Hall on 10 July with their infectious and dynamic indie-pop sounds.


Hi Sam, we’re excited to see you guys play next week! In 3 words, how would you describe Slow Turismo’s sound?

Elegant post funk

‘Turismo’ is the name of a car in Grand Theft Auto, is this where your name comes from?

Not really, it means something different to each of us. Slow/fast – rich/poor  – instagram/twitter – too short/too tall etc…

What can audiences expect from a Slow Turismo gig?

It changes show to show, it’s a new venue with a big light set up…potentially knee sliding guitar solos, maybe some on stage bickering when Max forgets his lyrics.

Do you have any key influences or inspirations?

Our influences always change, some of our main inspirations are the Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, James Blake, The National, Arcade Fire and Alt-J.

Who takes care of the song writing, or is it a joint effort?

It’s a joint effort, usually Max or I will bring something into the band then we take it from there. It usually changes a lot once everyone puts their own parts to it.

Does anyone in the band have a secret talent?

Max can juggle and ride a unicycle at the same time.

Lou can also tell you the percentage of each fabric in any item of clothing with just a quick touch. Test him out.

What’s been your best on stage moment so far?

Our last few hometown shows have been really great, having a packed bar scream back the lyrics to Breathe (if you can call them that) is a pretty amazing feeling.

And worst onstage moment?

Getting on stage to play a headline slot at a crowded World Bar in Sydney only to realise after 30 minutes of mad scrambling that the band before us had broken too many pieces of equipment and that we weren’t going to be able to play. The drive home after that was a little flat, haha.

What’s your favourite song to play?

We probably all have different favourites, usually newer songs in the set. Playing our oldest song Breathe is always fun though when there’s a good crowd.

Apart from your set, what are most looking forward to at the Opening Party?

We always love checking out other local bands, we haven’t seen Faux Faux Amis yet which should be great. I’m really excited to see the renovations of the Ainslie Main Hall too!



  • Slow Turismo. Image: supplied.