Built For Slow
Built For Slow is Brian Smith's one-man rock band created in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Brian has been performing live since the age of 15 though out the midwest in different capacities. For the last 5 years, he and his family have been working and traveling in Asia and Africa. Due to the difficulty of finding other musicians, Brian started experimenting with different ways to work percussion into a solo act. After various refinements, Built For Slow was unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in October of 2013 in Addis Ababa.
Smith is a natural storyteller and routinely talks with the audience about experiences with different cultures and the good and the bad of expat life. Many of his adventures from his youth and travels abroad find their way into the songs he writes. Built For Slow's new album Kitfo reflects on many of these experiences, both funny and serious, in a compelling fashion.
Built For Slow is influenced by an eclectic group of performers such as Billy Squier, The Reverend Horton Heat, Tom Petty, and the White Stripes. The live show is a fun mix of punkabilly, blues, and straight ahead corn-fed midwestern rock fired out with flashing feet, sharp guitar work, and a powerful voice.
Built For Slow will be returning to the United States in 2015 to begin performing for the first time on home soil.