The Slants + IAMTV

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Always good to see more exposure for a hardworking band out of the Pacific North West.

Portland, Oregon-based Asian-American dance-rock band, The Slants, have recently partnered with Independent Asian Music Television (IAMTV), Asia’s first and very own Asian independent channel. Through this alliance, The Slants' three music videos - "You Make Me Alive," "How The Wicked Live," and "Kokoro (I Fall To Pieces)" - will be broadcast in over 75 countries.

The band's latest video, "You Make Me Alive," the lead single off their latest full-length, Pageantry, has already started airing on IAMTV's show Sound Check (every Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30pm EST/3:30pm PST), propelling the video to nearly 150,000 views on YouTube. The video can be viewed at:

For those in the U.S., you'll be able to catch the show in any city within the Myx TV USA Network or you can access it nationwide through DirecTV (Channel 2067). Those abroad (Africa, Middle East, Europe), refer to your guide in M&L TV or OSN or visit

The Slants are a group comprised of Asian Americans who all grew up in different parts of the country: Aron Moxley (vocals), a Vietnamese refugee who grew up in Astoria, Oregon; Simon Young (bass), Chinese-Taiwanese from San Diego, CA; Johnny Fontanilla (guitar), Filipino-Mexican also from San Diego, CA; Tyler Chen (drums), Chinese-German, who lived throughout the Northwest; and Thai Dao (guitar/keyboards), Vietnamese born in Japan and raised in San Diego, CA.

This line up, playing together since October 2008, has spent the majority of their time touring North America. Critics usually compare their music to 80's synthpop: Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure but with the swagger of late 70's punk rock. Fans of the band know it as "Chinatown Dance Rock."

The band is currently in the studio working on their third full-length, to be released in July 2012.