2 piece band (drums and a guitar) from Kent originally, Slaves are Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent. They are a raw, energetic garage punk band, with elements of Royal Blood, but harder hitting for sure.
DEBUT ALBUM ‘ARE YOU SATISFIED?’ OUT NOW
The live wire Kentish punk twosome have been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize 2015 for their acclaimed top 10 debut album, “Are You Satisfied?” the same day they performed on the opening show of the re-launched TFI Friday alongside Take That and U2.
The nomination tops off an incredible year for the band including packed out shows, accolades and innovative collaborations.
- BBC Sound poll list for 2015
- Ones to watch for 2015 by NME
- Ones to watch for 2015 The Observer
- Ones to watch for 2015 The Guardian
Released in June this year, “Are You Satisfied?” is a high energy slab of contemporary punk, shot through with an outsider spirit and unique lyrics observing life in 21st Century Britain. Smashing in to the charts at No.8, the album was hailed as the new sound of British punk for its quick witted song-writing and brilliant riffs.
Since its release the band have triumphed:
- Kerrang! Awards Spirit of Punk Award
- NME’s Best New Band 2015 Nomination
- Q Magazine’s Best New Act 2015 Nomination
- Mercury Music Prize 2015 Nomination
It’s easy to see how the Kent duo have won so much acclaim; their pithy yet hardcore rock easily speaks to both the anxieties and dissatisfaction of a generation, whilst also injecting a healthy dose of mad cap humour. See the videos for ‘Feed The Mantaray’ and ‘Sockets’ for evidence this band are as serious about having fun as they are about social commentary.
They’ve also brought their own distinctive brand to covers of Skepta’s “Shut Down” (which led to an onstage duet at BBC’s One Big Weekend and future collaborations are to be expected), LCD Soundsystem’s Daft Punk Is Playing At My House and the Chemical Brother’s “Go” and picked up big name fans including Streets main man Mike Skinner who created a dubtastic remix of the band’s ‘Cheer Up London’ and Jamie T whom the band supported. The Libertines also selected the band as their support group when they played this year’s 10th anniversary of Ibiza Rocks.
As one of the most anarchic live bands of the moment, the summer saw Slaves cement their electrifying live reputation, with three rip-roaring performance’s at this year’s Glastonbury, plus chaotic sets at T in The Park, Irelands Longitude Festival and Reading and Leeds. Now they’re about to head out on their own much-in-demand sold out headline tour in November with only a few tickets left for their Brixton Academy show in December.
They perform on November 5th at The Academy Dublin. Tickets on sale now!
CHECK OUT THEIR VIDEOS:
Praise for “Are you Satisfied?”
“Vibrant state-of-the-nation punk” – The Observer ****
“Every song here is a call to arms” – NME ****
“There’s little that can be held up to Slaves and see the same image reflected back” – Kerrang! ****
“a sardonic humour peppers their shouty observations of political outrage and social inequity” – MOJO ****
“Occasionally you’ll hear a band who genuinely make you sit up and take notice. Slaves are one of those bands” – Shortlist
“A fine debut” – Time Out
“What Royal Blood did for rock and the White Stripes for blues, Slaves can do for punk” – Evening Standard ****
Praise for Slaves
“They will be recognised as the new sound of British Punk” – NME
“Rockabilly riffs with aggressive but clever lyrics, screamed with pure punk anger” – The Times
“A ferocious, shriek of refreshing, dangerous punk rock” – The Independent
“Wild, funny & loud” – The Guardian
“The perfect soundtrack to weekend punch ups in your bovver boots and telling people to stop mugging you off” – Kerrang!
“The Quick wit of Slaves observational songwriting has lifted them from DIY concern to a major record deal” – Q
“If you shut your eyes this is what Black keys might have sounded like if they were raised on Shane Meadows films” – The Observer
“It will be hard to forget Slaves” –London Evening Standard
“Like a scary version of madness” – The Sun
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