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The Slants are not a gimmick

The Slants are not a gimmick

By Samantha Test
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Slants are a band based in Portland, Ore. made up of purely Asian and Pacific Americans. (Photo by Samantha Test/NWAW)

The Slants, a Portland-based crew of five Asian Americans, put on an energetic, sweaty, and intense head-nodding-to-the-beat rock show last Saturday night, Oct. 20 at the Columbia City Theater. The band played songs off of their latest project, third album “The Yellow Album,” which won’t be released until Nov. 6. Read the full story

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 31 No 44 | 10/27-11/2Comments (0)

Rock band to trademark office: ‘Our name is not disparaging to Asians’

Rock band to trademark office: ‘Our name is not disparaging to Asians’

Members of the band, The Slants, are facing an uphill battle in proving to the trademark office that their name is not offensive to Asians. (Photo by Jamie Elle Harris)

By Evangeline Cafe
Northwest Asian Weekly

Members of the Portland-based band The Slants create synth-pop anthems that channel 1980s icon Depeche Mode, but with an Asian flair. In one track, “Sakura Sakura,” the band blends techno beats with a Japanese folk song and proclaims in its chorus, “We sing for the Japanese and the Chinese, and all the dirty knees” — a reference to the old, racist schoolyard rhyme. Read the full story

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Profiles, Vol 30 No 12 | 3/19-3/25Comments (5)

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