Slyder Smith & The Oblivion Kids

Slyder Smith & The Oblivion Kids
The NeverEnding Story
Ray Records
Release: 25 November 2022

Ahead of a run of UK live shows this December, Slyder Smith & The Oblivion Kids have released a heart pounding cover version of the iconic 80s hit, ‘The NeverEnding Story’.

The song is accompanied by a new music video, with band performance filmed by Wills Audio at the famous Buckley Tivoli theatre and transformed into a fun concept video with additional footage & editing by producer Darren Stockford paying homage to the bombastic 80’s era.

>>> Watch ‘The NeverEnding Story’ (official music video):

Without a shred of tiresome irony, Slyder Smith and the Oblivion Kids boldly reimagine Giorgio Morodor’s 80s cult classic. Whilst staying true to the original, the power trio bring a dynamic commercial rock feel to Limahls’s electronic pop hit with guest vocals from Nina Courson of Healthy Junkies. With their debut album, ‘Charm Offensive’, released to critical acclaim from press, media and music fans alike earlier this year, ‘The NeverEnding Story’ is another thrilling chapter for Slyder Smith & The Oblivion Kids.

The band will be spreading their grit, glamour, emotion and possibly some glitter across venues across the UK throughout December:

03 Dec – SHEFFIELD – Winters Rocks Festival
04 Dec – NEWCASTLE – Trillians
16 Dec – BRIDGWATER – Cobblestones  (w/ L.A. Maybe)

*EVENT: “The NeverEnding Christmas Story”
Date: 20 Dec 2022
Venue: The Water Rats, London

Oh no it isn’t… just an ordinary live gig…

Oh yes it is… a spectacular triple bill, starring Slyder Smith and the Oblivion Kids, featuring Nina Courson with special guests, Healthy Junkies and Soho Dukes.

To celebrate the release of their new single ‘The NeverEnding Story’, Slyder and his band of merry men role into town with a cast of London Royalty.

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Opening the show will be Soho Dukes – delightfully eccentric punks bringing a colourful bravado to the stage! Next to tread the boards will be the glamourous rebel punkster, Nina Courson and her band, Healthy Junkies – serving up a mix of Punk, Grunge, Psychedelic, New Wave & Glam Rock, with a soupçon of theatre.

The stage is now set for our headliners, Slyder Smith and the Oblivion Kids – The power trio have been perfecting their live performance over the past few months with a range of headline shows and as special guests to the Electric Boys and are now ready to take the capital by storm, delivering lashings of grit, glamour and emotion! Expect a night full of audience participation, shameless party antics and general festive debauchery! What could possibly go wrong?

Slyder Smith & The Oblivion Kids are:

Vocals & Guitar – Slyder Smith
Bass – Tim Emery
Drums – Carl Donaghue

2022 has seen Slyder Smith & the Oblivion Kids release their debut album, ‘Charm Offensive’. The new record coincided with an extensive number of live shows including a special guest slot to the Electric Boys on their UK Tour and the band’s own headline events. ‘Charm Offensive’ has also attracted plenty of press and media attention with rave reviews for the record.

Produced by Pete Brown (George Harrison, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Marc Almond, The Smiths, Sam Brown), ‘Charm Offensive’ is a chocolate box of sonic melodic rock sensations with diverse pop smarts that offers up a little something for everyone.

Slyder Smith first swaggered onto the stage as lead guitarist with glam-tinged power popsters, Last Great Dreamers. After releasing four studio albums and one live album on Ray Records, Slyder has toured extensively throughout the UK & Europe with LGD headline shows and special guest slots to The Quireboys, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision, The Darkness, Enuff ZNuff, and more.

Slyder now takes centre stage leading his new power trio, Slyder Smith & The Oblivion Kids (featuring Tim Emery on bass and drummer Carl Donaghue) in an honest outpouring of grit, glamour and emotion.

Stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight, the self-confessed ‘frustrated lead singer’ has been forced to delve deep into his own psyche, carefully crafted lyrics and melodies that speak from the heart. Slyder’s emotive vocals are powerful, yet melancholic, the perfect balance of light and shade sitting effortlessly within the sonic landscape of his varied rhythm guitar sounds and highly melodic & anthemic lead lines.

The debut album from Slyder Smith & The Oblivion Kids is no ordinary guitar-based rock album. Together with legendary producer Pete Brown (George Harrison, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Marc Almond, The Smiths and Sam Brown), Slyder has allowed the songs to dictate the direction they have gone in; discovering melodies and hook lines along the way. Making use of Hammond organ and piano with the help of Neil Scully (Richard Davies & the Dissidents), a 1950s Phillicord organ, lap steel guitar and even a bit of banjo.

‘Charm Offensive’ is offers up a little something for everyone – from heavy riffage with walloping drums akin to AC/DC to the anticipated sleaze rock shades of Hanoi Rocks.

However, this band is not afraid to step away from their rock roots, instead, with nods to the likes of The Doors, Velvet Underground, The Stranglers and The Kinks from the past and the alternative rock sound of Manic Street Preachers, The Oblivion Kids have reimagined an 80s synth pop classic and mastered singalong pop, gothic, dark Americana, and dare we say it, funk rock?!

There are a few firsts for Slyder on here too in the form of an instrumental track with a western feel to a duet featuring the ethereal vocals of Nina Courson (Healthy Junkies). The result is an idiosyncratic 14-track album of outstanding versatility that takes risks but at the very beating heart of this new album is a love of music and a passion for songs.

“This album has been a real labour of love for me, I’ve really put my heart & soul into it. Over the last year or so I’ve been working very hard developing my guitar playing, music & lyric writing pulling myself in all sorts of directions, and really stretching myself. I feel I have accomplished what I set out to do, create songs from the heart in no specific genre & perform them to the best of my ability on the record. I guess for years I have been a frustrated lead singer so I have relished the opportunity to showcase what I can do vocally too.” – Slyder Smith.

Charm Offensive by Slyder Smith & the Oblivion Kids is out now via Ray Records on 12” black vinyl, digipak CD and all streaming platforms and is distributed worldwide via Cargo Records.

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