Songs and Stories from Simon Tam and Joe X. Jiang of The Slants, one of the first and only all-Asian American dance rock bands in the world. An intimate look at a gripping, funny and ultimately uplifting journey that spans from anime conventions to the Supreme Court, as The Slants compose music to bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.
Category: Fringe Development, Musical
Tags: Asian American, Rock and Roll, Storytelling
Rating: PG-13 (13+)
Venue: Know Theatre
Run Time: 60 Minutes
Portland’s The Slants are one of the first and only all-Asian American dance rock bands in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is “not to be missed” (The Westword). The Willamette Week says “While the band may well be best experienced live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.” The music is the perfect combination of 80’s driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as “Chinatown Dance Rock.”
In late 2019, the band retired from live touring as a full band to focus their efforts on their nonprofit organization, The Slants Foundation. The group is still actively writing and recording.
Past Fringe Credits
Slanted – BorderLight Fringe Festival (2021)