After a two night residency at one of London’s more elite live music venues, various conclusions can now be drawn regarding Kent band ‘Slaves’.
While it may be convenient to use words such as “energy”, “spirited” or “dynamic“ in relation to these wonderful live performances they almost do the band a discredit. This talented and boisterous duo offers themselves emphatically to their baying crowd without any thought regarding the intricacies of their set, or at times their general well-being. They’re immersed in the occasion to such a point that any reference to a finish time is pure conjecture. It’s a performance the like of you rarely see.
There is a mischievousness rapport between the audience and band that is almost unexplainable to any outside of the ‘Slaves’ musical circle. As part of the fee-paying public I felt as though I’d been invited into a private club; where secret hand-shakes, wine tasting and members rules were replaced with prompted fist punching, warm beer and sweat (lots and lots of sweat).
The momentum behind ‘Slaves’ is clear for all to see. These lovable-rogues have moved from sweaty pub basements and into a world of European tours, festivals and the trappings of a “rock n’roll” lifestyle (delete were appropriate – fast cars / champagne lifestyle / leather trousers) … and boy how they deserve it. The core set of fans are still there of course but now with an ever increasing band of admirers and head-nodders. This isn’t a sound for the very young either. Glance along the lines of spectators, and even into the chaos of the mosh-pit, and there are old-skool punks in there gloriously re-living their rebellious youth.
The flag-bearers for a promising punk revival, this Kentish duo have not just opened the door to the possibility of this genre becoming a more common sound … they’ve actually kicked it down. ‘Slaves’ are a refreshing antidote to the mundane middle-of-the-road indie that is pushed down our throats by commercial radio stations. They regurgitate ‘Brandon Flowers’ for breakfast and season him with the left-overs of ‘The Wombats’ and ‘Bastille’.
These wonderful two nights of adrenaline fuelled punk are unequivocal proof that ‘Slaves’ are not only on the cusp of something very, very big but also that live music is alive and kicking.
The full set-list for the ‘Slaves’ gig (6th May) was…
‘White Knuckle Ride’
‘She Grew Old’
‘Live Like an Animal’
‘Cheer Up London’
‘Despair and Traffic’
‘Feed the Mantaray’
‘Where’s Your Car Debbie?’
‘Are You Satisfied?’ will be available to buy from 1st June on Virgin EMI.
You can see the band live at one of the following venues…