Ones To Watch: Slaney Bay
Hailing from South-West London, Slaney Bay is a trio of childhood friends consisting of vocalist/guitarist Caitlin Whitley, lead guitarist William Nicola-Thompson, and bassist Joel Martin. Their journey as a band began during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when they decided to channel their shared passion for music into a creative outlet.
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Slaney Bay wasted no time in making their mark on the indie music scene. They quickly gained attention through their series of singles, captivating listeners with their unique blend of indie rock and alternative pop. Songs like “Talking About You” and “The House Across the Street” showcased their infectious energy and heartfelt melodies, garnering support in over 50 countries and receiving recognition from notable figures such as actor Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting).
Slaney Bay‘s hard work and talent led them to release their debut EP, A Life Worth Living. Their EP was a deeply personal collection of songs that captured the challenges and growth experienced during the coming-of-age journey. This heartfelt release not only solidified Slaney Bay‘s reputation as a rising presence in the indie music scene but also earned them praise from renowned publications like Billboard, The Independent, and Dork
Now, Slaney Bay is gearing up to self-release their highly anticipated EP, Why Does Love Mean Loss?, on September 29th, 2023. This new musical offering promises to showcase their gripping and unbridled energy, capturing the essence of their unique sound. Ahead of the EP release, the trio have unveiled their lead single, “EST.”
“EST” is a heartfelt track that tells the tale of a love interest moving away. The song is imagined to take place inside an airport, capturing the bittersweet moment of trying to confess feelings before it’s too late. “You’re trying to psych yourself up to convince them to stay…but their boarding time is suffocatingly close. Is this your final chance to confess your feelings before they move to the Eastern Time Zone?,” explains Whitley. The accompanying music video adds a visual layer to the story, portraying two girls building a portal as a symbol of racing against time to express untold romantic emotions.
Watch Slaney Bay’s “EST” music video below
With their recent successes and the anticipation surrounding their new release, Slaney Bay is poised to make a lasting impact and certainly one to watch in 2023.