Slow Turismo

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Slow Turismo
OriginCanberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
GenresIndie pop
Years active2014 (2014)–present
  • Max Conway
  • Riley Conway
  • Sam Conway
  • Louis Montgomery
Past members
  • Rhys Lintern

Slow Turismo are an Australian indie pop band from Canberra, which were formed in 2015. The three Conway brothers: Sam (vocals, guitar), Max (vocals, guitar) and Riley (drums), were all previously members of an indie and alternative rock quartet, Rubycon, with Reuben Styles (later of Peking Duk). Slow Turismo released their debut extended play in July 2015 and have followed with singles. The group have toured Australia.


The three Conway brothers, Sam (vocals, guitar), Max (vocals, guitar) and Riley (drums), formed Slow Turismo as an indie pop group with Louis Montgomery on bass guitar[1] and Rhys Lintern[2] on percussion and trumpet. By July 2015 they were down to a four piece[3] with the departure of Lintern.

The Conways' previous group, Rubycon, were formed in 2007 as an indie and alternative rock band when Reuben Styles (bass guitar) joined.[4] The name Rubycon came from taking Reuben's first name, and the Conways' last.[4] The band performed gigs around Canberra. After entering the 2007 National Campus Band Competition, Rubycon came in second place behind, Will Stoker and the Embers, gaining a large fan base in their home town of Canberra, and Australia-wide. In 2008 Rubycon again won the ACT heats of the same competition and went on to take out first place in the National Finals of the competition. Some of the prizes included a cheque for $3000, recording time, CDs pressed, and an Australian tour worth $8000. Reuben Styles formed electronic duo, Peking Duk, in 2010.[5]

In 2014 Slow Turismo released two singles, "Breathe" and "Thunderstorm"[1] followed by a five-track self-titled extended play in July 2015,[6] which Ian McCarthy of BMA Magazine previewed, "with an infantry of blissfully intricate indie-pop tunes and some of the tightest, most fun live performances."[3] "Falter" was their follow up single later that year, with Susie Garrard of Happy observing, "[it] does quite the opposite of its namesake and seems to move purposefully forward with all the hallmarks of a band growing in confidence and maturity."[7]

They issued another single, "You Were Dead", in late 2016, which Pilerats' Hayden Davies felt was, "evidently far more laid-back, with summery guitar riffs that glisten underneath hushed vocals from the band’s frontman, and the occasional backing vocal from the SAFIA frontman himself."[8] The single was produced by Ben Woolner of Safia.[9] A further single, "Pistol Powder", followed, which was described by Savage Thrills' correspondent, "[it] doesn't sound as melancholic as 'You Were Dead' or the songs from Slow Turismo’s eponymous 2015 EP, its sound is comparable to the poignance of waking from a dream that you try to recall 'just before it goes'."[9] The group have toured to Sydney and Melbourne.[8]


  1. ^ a b Connery, Georgina (30 September 2014), "Alt Rock", The Chronicle (Canberra)
  2. ^ "Highlights in the live music scene next week", Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March 2015
  3. ^ a b McCarthy, Ian (29 July 2015). "Gran Slow Turismo". BMA Magazine. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b Stephenson, Alison (2 October 2007). "Rubycon a family affair". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ Thompson, Hunter (20 December 2017). "Too Future. Guest Mix 095: Peking Duk". Run The Trap. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  6. ^ Stillman, Nick (30 July 2015). "The dynamic self-titled EP from Slow Turismo is the perfect alt-pop". Happy. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  7. ^ Garrard, Susie (3 December 2015). "Slow Turismo premiere the stunning Falter on Happy". Happy. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  8. ^ a b Davies, Hayden. "Premiere: Slow Turismo return with a soothing new single, 'You Were Dead'". Pilerats. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Slow Turismo Release Single – 'Pistol Powder'". Savage Thrills. Retrieved 31 October 2018.

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