LATEST NEWS FROM THE SLANTS

5 Years After the Supreme Court 

This week marked five years since our historic win at the Supreme Court. The decision that day was unanimous, something that seems implausible in our deeply divided times. 

As you know, our band retired from live touring in 2019 so we could focus on other projects, including The Slants Foundation. But that doesn't mean that we've been inactive. Although it's been half a decade since our legal journey ended, we've continued to work in arts and activism.

In this year alone, we are:

  • writing and recording a new album (to be released by the end of this year)
  • writing and performing a new storytelling/music theatrical piece (being developed by Know Theatre of Cincinnati)
  • composing an opera as part of the New Works Collective for the Opera of St. Louis
  • launching multiple collaborations with artists across North America

And, we're still doing some limited appearances as an acoustic duo (with Simon Tam and Joe X. Jiang performing). We'll have more news soon - feel free to check in with us on social media or check back on this website.

Thanks for all of your support!

The Band Plays On 

During lockdown over the past two years, we've been busy writing songs. That's right: we're steadily working our way to a new album.

Many people think that the band completely retired in 2019, after our last show in Portland, Oregon but we didn't - we only decided to step down from live touring (no one knew that a major worldwide pandemic as coming that would make that decision for us anyway). There's a long history of artists who've kept on recording but who also put a pin on touring/live performances: The Beatles, David Bowie, The Talking Heads, Tom Waits...the list goes on. Many of them returned to the stage after a decade or two. While we're not sure if that will ever happen for us, one thing is for certain; we still have at least one album in us. 

So, we're pressing on. And in the spirit of our Foundation, we're focusing on collaboration and community: the record will be highlighting voices across our community. Joe and I have written/composed the music, but most of the playing/singing will feature other AAPI artists, new and classic. As Ray Arnold (played by Samuel L. Jackson) famously said in Jurassic Park, "Hold onto your butts."

Stay tuned for more updates on this soon.

Slanted: A New Show of Songs & Stories 

We're proud to be debuting a new experience with the International BorderLight Fringe Festival called SLANTED. It's a show of songs and stories, featuring new music that we've written just for this experience. The stories follow the experiences of Simon's memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court.

You'll be able to watch this show on demand from July 24-31. Tickets are available at a pay-what-you-can rate here. Proceeds help support the BorderLight festival as well as our nonprofit, The Slants Foundation.

Recent Happenings 

May 31, 2021 marks 14 years from our very first show (kicked off at the now defunct Tonic Lounge in Portland, OR). It's also the final day for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 

Here are some recent things to check out from the month:

While we aren't touring and playing these days, we're still keeping busy! 

Rock Against Hate 

We are proud to join this star-studded lineup of Asian American actors, filmmakers, musicians, and artists to help raise money and awareness for the #StopAAPIHate campaign. 

This is a critical time and attacks against our community are on the rise. Learn more about how you can Rock Against Hate at theslants.org/rockagainsthate

The Slants Discuss the Yellow Album 

Simon Tam joins former band members Tyler Chen, Thai Dao, and Jonathan Fontanilla to talk about the making of our third full-length release, The Yellow Album. 

Check it out here:

Introducing The Slants Foundation 

DEAR FRIENDS, 

As you may know, 2017 has been pretty busy for us. 

We spent about 8 months on the road, sharing our music across the world. 
We released our EP, The Band Who Must Not Be Named. 
We went to the Supreme Court. And won. 

We‘ve also been working on a secret project. And now we want to share it with you. 

We finally got the news: we received 501(c)3 status. In other words, we started a nonprofit organization! Our band has also been dedicated to representation through the arts, and after we overcame our struggle against the government, we decided to pay it forward by starting an organization that would help young Asian Pacific Islanders who are interested in getting into the work of arts and activism. Our new organization is going to help artists by providing scholarships and mentorship. 

In this spirit, we‘re collaborating with other Asian American artists for our new album and will be using our platform to highlight some new talent. We‘re also going to former members of The Slants on the record to help celebrate this effort! 

We are still in the building phase, but we‘re really excited to help bring this new project to life. If you are interested in being a part of this (as a board member, supporter, volunteer, or performer), please let us know! Click here if you’d like more information about THE SLANTS FOUNDATION. 

<3 THE SLANTS

Fight Back Against Hurricane Harvey with The Slants and Texas Law Hawk 

Can cops bust up your dog-dicing game in your home? Is that even a real thing?? Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk answers these questions when he runs into dance rock band The Slants, who recently won a landmark case against the Trademark Office at the U.S Supreme Court. Together, The Slants and Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk are fighting for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

If you want to help, download the song “Fight Back” from iTunes http://apple.co/2yISkwi or Amazon http://amzn.to/2yJKimY. 

100% of proceeds will benefit locally-based organizations leading the effort.

Watch the video here: