*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Independent Music Promotion*
Figure It Out
1 October 2021
|Award-winning San Diego Alternative Prog Rock Band Sluka, fresh off being voted Best Band of San Diego for the second year in a row at The San Diego Reader, have announced the release of new full-length album “Figure It Out,” out October 1, 2021 on major platforms.|
Known for their big, sometimes orchestral compositions, epic music videos and philosophical lyricism, Sluka’s music explores the human condition in truly theatrical fashion. Equal swaths of post-punk, alternative/indie rock, prog rock, classical and baroque pop, Sluka‘s sound is bold, challenging and one of a kind.
“Figure It Out” was produced by Grammy-winner Alan Sanderson (Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Rolling Stones) at local Pacific Beat Recording Studio.
The first single and title track “Figure It Out” was released May 28th, 2021. The accompanying video surpassed 1 million views on YouTube in less than a week. “Figure It Out” and 2nd single “Isn’t It Strange” peaked at #8 and #11 and are currently at #17 and #18 on the DRT Rock Chart.
They are also currently at #19 and #21 on the Independent chart. The 3rd single “Happy In Your World” debuted at #11 on the College Radio charts in North America.
An esoteric, heavily rhythmic new music video “Vye On Vyatta” (which means ‘To compete for “openness” (in Sanskrit) or “wisdom” (in Pali’). was also released on October 1.
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Location: San Diego, California, USA
RIYL: David Bowie, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, A Perfect Circle, Ziggy Shuffledust, Daemos, Bloodbat, Peter Murphy, Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Tim Curry, Joy Division, the Cure
Christopher Sluka: Guitar (acoustic) Guitar (electric) Vocals
Anna Eppink: Bass guitar Vocals
Michael Bedard: Drums
Nico Hueso: Viola Violin
Erdix Maxhelaku: Cello
Brad Steinwehe: Trumpet
Jordan Morita: Trombone
Sluka- led by Christopher Sluka – singer, songwriter, musician and performer – has recorded 11 studio albums and has a fan base that spans across continents.
Born near Seattle, Christopher enjoyed a multinational upbringing as he was raised all around the world, with his family never spending more than a couple of years in any one location – a life experience that is evident in his cosmopolitan musical compositions.
At the start of his career, performing on the New York Club scene, Christopher found himself in the same melting pot with artists such as Tears For Fears, INXS, Talk Talk and Simple Minds. But after recording a single in Los Angeles (with Cat Gray who worked extensively with Prince), he found an appreciative audience in Japan, where he went on to release a further two albums. His body of work includes the critically acclaimed ‘Emotional Battlefield,’ ‘Fear of Ordinary Life,’ ‘A Matter of Perception,’ ‘Solo Flight’ and more recently, ‘Introversions.’
Over the years, Christopher’s visionary style has developed and matured – always remaining enigmatic, yet keeping a focus on creative songwriting, while cultivating an international reputation for his enthralling “live” performances.
That stagecraft has allowed Christopher to map a career where he has been able to sell-out venues for his concert performances, often using those enthusiastic audiences to mark the release of his records. And critical demand has also resulted in Christopher enjoying numerous television appearances, memorable radio interviews and excellent press reviews, wherever he has travelled and performed. He has gained immeasurable experience from his passion for performing “live,” to which he credits the strength of his powerful yet sensitive voice, as well as inspiration for his songwriting. Of course, Christopher hasn’t achieved this success all by himself; he has been fortunate to work with some of the most talented musicians in the business, many of whom have become lifelong friends. And although he has been gifted enough to be compared to icons such as David Bowie and The Beatles, he has also been compared to more contemporary artists such as Coldplay, Radiohead, The Killers and even the ethereal Sigur Ros.
In addition to his uniquely accessible music, Christopher is also a globally renowned visual artist and his surrealistic oil paintings have graced wall space in galleries from New York to San Diego and Tokyo to Milan. Away from the arts, Christopher is an avid distance runner. And when he doesn’t have his feet on terra firma, Christopher is an accomplished aircraft pilot (Jet type-rated) and owns a flight school in San Diego.