There’s no denying that the punk duo Slaves have come a long way since playing small gigs in Kent in 2013, to entertaining thousands at the likes of Reading and Leads festival only 3 years later. This success has largely been due to the abrasive, stripped-down clatter created by Laurie Vincent (guitar, vocals) and Isaac Holman (vocals, drums), who have decided to capitalise on their growing popularity by releasing a brand new album track, ‘Consume or Be Consumed’.
‘Consume or Be Consumed’ is the second single to be released from the forthcoming album ‘Take Control’. But what have Slaves delivered in this new single? A succinct, to the point and cathartic head banger… In other words, it’s just business as usual. The song starts with a menacing riff, which is soon elevated by the simple yet striking drums of Holman (not to mention an awesome shout by Vincent). The song continues in unique Slaves fashion, with Vincent’s fast paced vocals proving to be the perfect addition to this groove laden track. What sets this single apart from previous Slave songs is the contribution of the Beastie Boys Legend, Mike D. Mike D delivers a very welcome guest rap in the final verse of the song, which by no means would deter listeners. Essentially, whilst ‘Consume or Be Consumed’ offers little in the way of progression for Slaves, it certainly consolidates the unique sound the pair are regarded for, and it also makes me excited for their new album ‘Take Control’.
With this, Slaves have also released a music video to accompany their new single. The video is edgy and anarchic, which seems to tie in with the run of music videos Slaves have already released. Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman are shown to be partaking in a somewhat stomach-wrenching (phrasing it lightly) hot dog eating contest against each other, behind a very simple green screen. The camera eventually cuts to Mike D who just does his thing. Personally, I like it, it’s tongue and cheek, and perfectly encapsulates the whole idea of the single, taking a jab at the vulgarity of the consumption of today.
To promote the new album, Slaves will be heading out on an extensive November UK Tour.
‘Take Control’ will be released on September 30th.
Tour Dates (All shows 14+)
Thu 10Nov 2016 – Bexhill – De La Warr Pavillion
Fri 11 Nov 2016 – Exeter – Great Hall, University of Exeter
Sun 13 Nov 2016 – Cardiff – University Great Hall
Mon 14Nov 2016 – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
Tue 15 Nov 2016 – Leeds – 02 Academy
Thu 17 Nov 2016 – Newcastle – 02 Academy
Fri 18 Nov 2016 – Glasgow – Barromland – sold out
Sat 19 Nov 2016 – Birmingham – 02 Academy
Mon 21 Nov 2016 – Bristol – 02 Academy
Tue 22 Nov 2016 – Leicester – 02 Academy
Wed 23 Nov 2016 – Nottingham – Rock City
Fri 25 Nov 2016 – Sheffield – 02 Academy
Sat 26 Nov 2016 – Manchester – Albert Hall – sold out
Sun 27 Nov 2016 – Manchester – Albert Hall
Tue 29 Nov 2016 – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
Wed 30 Nov 2016 – London – Shepherds Bush Empire