We are all SLAVES. We are all slaves to something; our jobs, our families, our friends, our lives, hostage to finance, the money we need to earn to survive. Kent based duo Slaves, however, are breaking out of the shackles and doldrums with a vicious and highly original take on raw garage indie rock. Fronted by Isaac Holman (22) on drums and vocals and Laurie Vincent (20) on guitar, Slaves aren’t like other bands. Isaac stands up in-front of his drums; there’s no kick drum, just snare, two cymbals and floor tom. He replaces the thud of the kick by battering on the floor tom, propelling the sound forward with tribal rhythms and a seething vocal attack whilst beside him Laurie peels off wave-upon-wave of brittle post-punk guitar noise. Slaves are fast, noisy, aggressive and real.
Having already played storming shows and tours with Drenge, Andrew WK and The Skints as well as an incredible set at Reading and Leeds festival in August, the festival appearance was also documented by BBC (link below) and has been followed up with a filmed Maida Vale Session (also linked) and full support across Radio 1 and Radio 6 including Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq who are all now big fans of the young band. The song Beauty Quest (taken from their 2012 mini album ‘Sugar Coated Bitter Truth’) has already been heavily supported by Radio and there’s no sign of relenting as the band head out on tour later this month with Vuvuvultures around the country and complete the year by writing their debut album.
Their single, the garage rock inspired ‘Where’s Your Car Debbie?’ was released in January and marks what is looking to be a very exciting 2014 for the band.
About Dot to Dot Festival
Slaves will be performing at Dot to Dot Festival 2014 across Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol. Voted 'Best Metropolitan Festival 2013' Dot to Dot Festival is the UK's premier festival for unearthing the hottest new talent around. 2014 sees performances from Wolf Alice, Courtney Barnett, Laura Welsh, Real Estate, Kyla La Grange, and many, many more rising artists.
More info about Dot to Dot 2014 including a playlist of all so-far announced artists, here