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“It sounds like everything we want our band to be”. Slaves have released their new EP ‘The Velvet Ditch’ which shows off the “two perspectives” of the Kent punk duo.

Their latest effort, sees the pair showcasing four new songs which failed to make the cut on 2018’s ‘Acts of Fear and Love’. The first track, ‘One More Day Won’t Hurt’ is described by guitarist Laurie Vincent as one of their strongest tracks to date – but he says it didn’t fit in the landscape of their third album.

“Knowing you’ve got a song like that in your back pocket is a nice feeling and it sounds like everything we want our band to be,” said Vincent.

The track is also one of their most thoughtful too, with the pair riffing on how widespread drug use has affected society. A late section of the song sees vocalist Isaac Holman chanting “Cocaine is a hell of a drug when it’s wandering through the veins of a small town thug“.

“It’s that honeypot and small town mentality of where we’re from, and being unable to escape,” Vincent explains.

“It is kind of right, because when I was growing up, drugs were so prominent in all of society and with our job, it’s clear how visible substance is. There’s all these different walks of life, but drugs can be this unifying factor in their lives. It’s almost like the norm now, so we were exploring how it affects us.”

If the first two tracks sees Slaves on typically furious form, the latter half of the EP sees the duo heading into more serene territory. While Isaac says it reflects the “two perspectives” of the band, the title track is a contemplative ballad that sees them exploring the idea of home comforts.

Isaac’s from Tunbridge Wells in Kent and there was a comedian who coined Tunbridge Wells as being the Velvet Ditch. It’s a place of comfort,” Vincent explained.

“He’s had a few spells being back in Tunbridge Wells and been in-between houses. He has these little periods of his life where he comes back into contact with old friends and past acquaintances and it’s about how easy it is to be lured into that honey pot.

“It’s a comfortable nice place to be, but obviously it isn’t always the best place for you.”

And as for the EP itself, they say it’s reflective of how modern culture has changed the way in which music is consumed.

“Music culture has moved on a lot and albums don’t have the same importance as when we were growing up. It’s more about people wanting to consume a lot of music and you have fans who might only know a couple of tracks off an album. “But they won’t consume them back to front in the way they used to,” Vincent said. The duo will also mark the EP with a series of intimate shows at the end of the year.
Check out those dates in full below.

DECEMBER 2019

7 – Dome, Brighton
9 – Parr Hall, Warrington
10 – Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow
12 – ULU, London
13 – ULU, London
14 – ULU, London

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Our Girl – Stranger Today

Our Girl inhabit a space bigger than the first loves, sleepless nights and growing pains that define Stranger Today. Don’t miss this very special debut. For fans of The Big Moon, Lush and The Breeders

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Oh Sees – Smote Reverser

Crack the coffers, Oh Sees have spawned another frothy album of head-destroying psych-epics to grok and rock out to. Notice the fresh dollop of organ and keyboard prowess courtesy of Memory Of A Cut Off Headalum and noted key-stabber Tom Dolas, while the Paul Quattrone / Dan Rincon drum-corps polyrhythmic pulse continues to astound and pound in equal measure, buttressed by the nimble fingered bottom end of Sir Tim Hellman the Brave and the shred-heaven fret frying of John Dwyer, whilst Lady Brigid Dawson again graces the wax with her harmonic gifts. Aside from the familiar psych-scorch familiar to soggy pit denizens the world over, there’s a fresh heavy-prog vibe that fits like a worn-in jean jacket comfortably among hairpin metal turns and the familiar but no less horns-worthy guitar fireworks Dwyer’s made his calling card. Perhaps the most notable thing about Smote Destroyer is the artistic restlessness underpinning its flights of fancy. Dwyer refuses to repeat himself and for someone with such a hectic release schedule, that stretching of aesthetic borders and omnivorous appetite seems all the more superhuman!

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Mitski – Be The Cowboy

Hailed as the new vanguard of indie rock following the breakout success of 2016’s Puberty 2, Mitski returns with Be The Cowboy via Dead Oceans Records.

Mitski’s carefully crafted songs have often been portrayed as emotionally raw, overflowing confessionals from a fevered chosen girl, but in her fifth album, Mitski introduces a persona who has been teased before but never so fully present until now—a woman in control. “For this new record, I experimented in narrative and fiction,” comments Mitski. Though she hesitates to go so far as to say she created full-on characters, she reveals she had in mind “a very controlled icy repressed woman who is starting to unravel. Because women have so little power and showing emotion is seen as weakness, this ‘character’ clings to any amount of control she can get. Still, there is something very primordial in her that is trying to find a way to get out.”

Throughout the 14 songs, the music swerves from the cheerful to the plaintive. Mournful piano ballads lead into deceptively uptempo songs. “I had been on the road for a long time, which is so isolating, and had to run my own business at the same time. A lot of this record was me not having any feelings, being completely spent but then trying to rally myself and wake up and get back to Mitski.”

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Mikey Collins – Hoick

Hoick is the solo album from Allo Darlin’drummer Mikey Collins, who combines his love of solid grooves and joyous harmonies to create a fun and sonically varied record. Mikey played most of the instruments and mixed the record himself, with some assistance from Laura Kovic (Tigercats) on vocals and fellow Allo Darlin’ member Paul Rains on lead guitar. The flicker of his previous band provided the building blocks of an upbeat, positive record, but Mikey wanted to add his own quirky, disco spin and sonic expansiveness. The aim to make a record that people stood a chance of being able to dance to. Mikey draws on influences as far flung as Dexy’s, Bruce Springsteen, Night Works, Matthew E White and Father John Misty. Mikey began working on the album while he was in Allo Darlin’. The last few years were a conveyor belt of change as he; got married, had a child, bought a house, moved from London to be by the Kent coast and opened a residential studio Big Jelly Studios (Girl Ray, Metronomy, Pete Doherty, Mt Wolf, Seamus Fogarty and Elva). In short, he grew up. The record journeys through these changes but has its roots firmly grounded in his new seaside habitat.

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Slaves – Acts Of Fear And Love

Slaves release their third album Acts of Fear and Love via Virgin EMI/AMF Records. The band’s third album reflects that fear and love may actually be the biggest motivators in the world at the moment. Working with previous collaborator, producer Jolyon Thomas (Royal Blood, U2) in Brussels, the band opened themselves up to a new sonic territory. Not concerning themselves with other people’s expectations of what a Slaves album should sound like the band have experimented with their style, without any boundaries; embracing pop song writing and tender moments alongside the more traditional hardcore riffs and scream-along choruses. Standouts include the joyous thrash of Bugs, the sprawling and tense title track and the Blur mixed with Weezer esque banger Chokehold.

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Anna Meredith – Anno

Anna Meredith releases Anno, a boundary-pushing collaboration with the Scottish Ensemble, in which original pieces of work by the classical-electronic composer are intertwined with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Released via Moshi Moshi, the project began as an immersive 360 degree live experience but is now available on double vinyl and CD. After a recording process using the unusual ‘binaural recording head’ the project will also be available in an exclusive binaural recording – allowing the listener to experience the unique spatial aspects of the piece through headphones.

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Follakzoid  – London Sessions with J Spaceman

It should come as no surprise to fans of the Chilean trio Follakzoid that upon meeting the legendary Jason Pierce AKA J. Spaceman (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized), they discovered they were kindred spirits. Follakzoid and Spaceman’s projects share a restless drive to explore the outer limits of music, as well as an uncanny ability to lock into a groove until it infiltrates the deepest recesses of the listener’s psyche. When Follakzoid met Spaceman backstage at a Wooden Shjips gig at London’s Electric Ballroom several years ago, they instantly became friends. For London Sessions, the Chileans and Spaceman joined forces for new, live-to-tape renditions of Electricand Earth, two highlights from Föllakzoid’s III. The recordings were made in a private studio in London while Follakzoid was on tour in Europe in June 2016, and Spaceman’s contributions breathe new life into the songs. “Jason added a very different harmonic atmosphere to the songs,” guitarist Domingo Garcia-Huidobro explained. “It somehow rearticulated the space and metric that already existed in a way the band never could. These new versions have a different edge.”

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The Myrrors – Borderlands

If you see The Myrrors as the dust-caked disciples of a specific strain of desert-drone mysticism, theres little on Borderlands, their fourth full-length Myrrors album released in as many years, to dissuade you from that vision. Theres only confirmation an intoxicating combination of outlook and output that clarifies and crystallizes the bands many sonic strengths throughout the albums fantastically unfolding forty-plus minutes. From the beginning, with an appropriately Albert Ayler-ish blast of Awakening, to the epic 20-minute B-sidelong excursion, Note From the Underground, the beating heart of The Myrrors current statement. Borderlands will be extremely satisfying to otherworldly music seekers who find aural transcendence through the works of artists such as International Harvester, Taj Mahal Travellers, Trad Gras och Stenar, Kikagaku Moyo, Amon Duul, and Agitation Free, to name a few.

I think everyone knows what to expect from a Slaves album – some banging track, with a lot of silliness involved. “Acts of Fear and Love” is exactly what we’ve come to know and love about the punk-rock duo.

The album promo was hilarious with drummer Isaac Holman “quitting” the band to pursue a career in dancing after “Cut and Run” was released and before guitarist Laurie Vincent advertised for a new drummer. The music video for “Chokehold” has cameos from drummers such as Sam Doyle of The Maccabees, Ben Thatcher from Royal Blood, and Dave Rowntree of Blur. Even the Cadbury’s gorilla drops in for an audition.

The band take a rare opportunity to take their foot off the pedal towards the end of the album starting with “Daddy”, a song about having a midlife crisis. Slaves third album is great fun to listen to throughout, and it’s one that will have a long shelf life with their fan base. Well worth getting a copy of!

Acts of Fear and Love is out on Virgin EMI Records .

Music video by Slaves performing Chokehold. © 2018 Universal Music

Music video by Slaves performing Cut And Run. © 2018 Universal Music

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Our official Record Store Day champions Slaves will be releasing an exclusive version of ‘Take Control’ on white vinyl with a 35mm photo diary. To kick off the 10th birthday of Record Store Day, they’re playing a secret gig next week. Head over to NME who are giving away 100 free tickets HERE > http://bit.ly/2nlpMjf

Slaves perform Sockets at Reading 2015. Visit the Reading webpage for more from 2015 , If the British two-piece hadn’t ended up on stage, there’s a decent chance they would have ended up in prison on charges of grievous bodily assault. Classic British punk with harsh bluesy garage riffs, Slaves turn up with primal songs that throw together punk existentialism, sketches of suburban life and absurd narratives about manta rays and Sasquatches in noisy three-minute bursts.website for more videos and photos

Kent-based duo SLAVES perform ‘Where’s Your Car Debbie?’ live at Dot To Dot Festival 2014.

2015 was a very big year for Slaves. Sure, their debut album “Are You Satisfied?” may have missed out on the Mercury Prize, but it was a powerful introduction to the best band ever to come out of Tunbridge Wells. Wasting no time on digesting their Christmas dinner, the punk duo are out on tour this month at venues across the nation, including a double-header in Manchester.

10 Jan: O2 Academy, Leeds
11 Jan: O2 ABC, Glasgow
12 Jan: O2 Academy, Liverpool
14 Jan: O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
15 Jan: O2 Ritz, Manchester
16 Jan: O2 Ritz, Manchester

Slaves perform “Sockets” at Reading 2015. Visit the Reading 2015 website for more videos and photos.

Slaves whipped up a storm. Reading was the festival they were born to play – even the band themselves think so: “Reading is the best festival in the world”, announced singer/drummer Isaac Holman before bursting into a concrete-smashing rendition of ‘The Hunter’.

Taking a moment of reflection was never Slaves’ wheelhouse, as they rambled quickly about the death of Laurie’s pet goldfish, Gerald. “Ger-ald, Ger-ald, Ger-ald”, the crowd chanted in remembrance of the aquatic companion they never knew. That’s how dedicated Slaves fans are.

The blues-tinged studio versions of the songs dissipate as Slaves perform their raw, more confrontational (if such a thing is possible) renditions of ‘Where’s Your Car, Debbie’, ‘7am’ and ‘Sockets’.

Slaves’ performance was the literal encapsulation of search and destroy.

New single available “Cheer Up London” is available instantly by pre-ordering the album ‘Are You Satisfied?’, Slaves have unveiled a new track called ‘Cheer Up London’.

The duo, who release their debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’ on June 1st, premiered the song on BBC Radio 1 last night (April 14).
Speaking to host Huw Stephens live on air, the band said of the song’s provocative title: “We moved up to London when we were writing. Isaac came in after daily transport on the tube and he was joking around… It just sort of stuck.”
They also claimed that their upcoming album “is directed at the people telling them to get up and do something… There is a track called ‘Do Something’.”

 

SLAVES – ” Feed The Mantaray “

Posted: April 11, 2015 in FESTIVALS, MUSIC
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Slaves: This Kent duo are already all over music TV and mainstream radio, which is refreshing considering their punk credentials (stand-up drumming, lyrics about running people over, Oi! tendencies). Dapper, jokey and uniquely British in a way that would impress anyone who knows their Billy Childish from Billy Fury, they’re only gonna get bigger…

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Slaves’s last single “The Hunter” is a three-minute wall of noise. A spiky guitar riff leads the way before drummer/vocalist Isaac Holman announces his presence with the rattle of a symbol and spits lyrics that reference climate change like Johnny Rotten reading a Greenpeace pamphlet. The other half of Slaves, guitarist Laurie Vincent, takes the riff up a notch before the track descends into chaos as a stage whisper calls “The Hunter”, Vincent’s guitar sounds like a rusty chainsaw and Holman smashes his drums to pieces. Eventually comes the refrain “It’s reckless and pointless/but it’s also very fun.” Never has a truer word been spoken.

Slaves are making the most noise a duo has made since The White Stripes and are causing a proper fuss amongst the music press. Their reputation as a live band is already preceding them – their headline slot at The Victoria in Dalston sold out in less than two hours and they’ve just secured the opening slot on the NME Awards Tour 2015, following in the footsteps of Franz Ferdinand and Florence and the Machine. Hailing from Kent and on a mission to cut swathes through a music landscape flooded with generic EDM, Slaves are set to make a serious impact over the next 12 months. They will be at most major festivals this summer.