New Artist of the Day – Slaves

Our New Artist of the Day today is Slaves – hardcore punk rock reflecting everyday life in their lyrics. Their debut has just been released and they’re about to support Cerebal Ballzy on tour. 

Coming up from the underground, Slaves’ reputation steadily spreads via word-of-mouth, indie blogs and commercial magazines alike.

Their fuck-all attitude and infectious sound have helped craft their growing fan base, and the talk of their wild live shows have become infamous.

Regardless of stage antics – which include a stand-up drum kit and nearly ritual removal of shirts – Slaves’ own brand of punk rock is fiery. Their songs are firmly planted in everyday experience, and focus on everything from kicking a tobacco habit to suicide.

Though Slaves’ attitude is destined to become their trademark, the sound of their recordings is equally catching. Slaves are great musicians.

Their songs are well-versed and minimalist, with a strong presence from both drums and guitar. Not to mention, every track on Sugar Coated Bitter Truth offers well-recorded vocals against a nicely mixed backdrop of melody.

All of these qualities make Slaves a supremely listenable punk rock outfit. This is a tight rock band, through and through, but lack any trace of pretentious, self-indulgent musicianship.

Sonically, Slaves are frequently related to Crass, Wire and Refused. Their sound is neither vintage or hardcore, though, at times, resembles either genre.

It is full of grit, fuzzy riffs and urgent vocals, with some tracks (like “Girl Fight”) zipping by in just fifteen seconds. Their lyrics revolve around topics that are universal to most people who share their demographic. They sing about boring relationships, politics, vices and girls, and the way they sing – with an occasionally humorous, unfiltered angst – is what drives their most brilliant songs.

People are taking notice. Slaves, whose debut CD dropped just last month, have already scored a supporting gig on an upcoming Cerebral Ballzy tour.

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All words by Maren McGlashan. You can read more from her on LTW here.

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