This ‘Slaves’ review was written by Gareth Bryant, a GIGsoup contributor.
Ever since the demise of The Clash, The Sex Pistols and the class of 1977, people have dismissively uttered the phrase “punk is dead”. However, out of the bland wasteland of 21st century pop come ‘Slaves’, living proof that this wonderful re-invention of punk is every bit as alive as it was nearly 40 years ago.
The band have today announced news of their forthcoming LP ‘Are You Satisfied?’ and are about to hit London for the first of two nights at London’s Scala; proof, if required, that this heady mix of 77 is very much appreciated in it’s 2015 re-incarnated form.
Hailing from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman formed the group in 2012 and have already offered the critically acclaimed EP, ‘Sugar Coated Bitter Truth’, spawning such gems as ‘White Knuckle Ride’ and ‘Beauty Quest’. From the outset, this record is an orgy of hardcore guitar riffs and Rotten-esque snarled vocals, sparing no expletives or vitriolic English punk attitude. The Kentish Cockneys’ minimal 2-drum set-up (reminiscent of Jesus and Mary Chain in sight, not sound) and beefy, octave-laced riffs truly set them apart from other bands in the modern circuit.
Riding the current success of such UK heavy rock duos as ‘Drenge’ and ‘Royal Blood’ and the so-called “grunge revival”, the band have been active once again throughout 2014/15. After signing to Virgin EMI and releasing the singles ‘Hey’, ‘The Hunter’, ‘Feed the Mantaray’ and ‘Cheer Up London’, the pair have announced their first full-length LP, entitled ‘Are You Satisfied’ and are currently touring the UK.
‘Are You Satisfied?’ will be available to buy from 1st June on Virgin EMI.
The full track-listing for ‘Are You Satisfied?’ is as follows…
‘Cheer Up London’
‘Despair and Traffic’
‘Are You Satisfied?’
‘Live Like an Animal’
‘She Wants Me Now’
‘Feed the Mantaray’
‘Sugar Coated Bitter Truth’
You can see the band live at one of the following venues…