Slaves chat about their image, lyrics and inspirations after their album launch
17:19 05 June 2015
One of the hotly tipped acts on the festival scene this summer is a rock duo hailing from a quiet town in Kent who have just seen their debut album hit the shelves.
Anyone who has seen these two lads live are absolutely blown away by the loud intensity of their performances and that’s exactly what they want you to think.
Slaves have been gigging together for a few years and this summer they will be found on the NME stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals.
“We’ve done quite a lot of festivals before,” said Laurie Vincent, one half of the explosive punk band, “this is our third year but it’s our first time on this stage.
“We’re going all over the place, it’s going to be sick.”
It’s true, Laurie and frontman Isaac Holman are spending 2015 jetting around the world, including a visit to Japan later this summer.
But it wasn’t always a high flying rock star lifestyle for the pair.
“We did two hard core years of slogging around the country, which was fun,” Laurie explained.
“We were playing in every single pub imaginable just on local music scenes.
“An then we started doing a few festivals.”
Now they’re signed to Virgin Records and have become one of the most talked-about bands out there at the moment.
Despite having a big label behind them Laurie insists they remain authentic – “everything comes from us. The past two videos have been written by us and we have to really care about our image and what we are putting out there otherwise it doesn’t tell the full story of the band”.
In a daring bid to demand the impossible Slaves asked for them to be a chased by a manta ray in an underwater car chase for the video of their hit single Feed the Manta Ray and that is exactly what they got.
Their songs are written mostly by Isaac about their every day experiences, commenting on society in a way that was owned by Britpop in the 1990s.
Laurie agrees their music is somewhat inspired by that era as he loves Blur and Oasis, although their music is inspired by a lot of things.
“We aren’t punk, because that was an era and it’s happened, and we aren’t Britpop because that’s happened too.
“It’s different. I’d like to say we are primal, our music is bright, and loud and simple.”
The lyrics in Slaves’ tracks are often brought in from their own lives, even the little things that could easily be seen as mundane.
“Isaac has a neighbour, Tim, who is always really loud and having screaming fights where he could hear every single word,” Laurie explained.
“Once we were playing a bit of music and Tim came round to ask Isaac to turn it down and he got really angry.
“Tim also apologised to all the neighbours recently and gave them all flowers, except Isaac.”
Thus, Tim inspired the lyric “God I f****** hate you Tim” in Feed the Manta Ray.
Though later in the song a touch of Isaac’s human side comes out when he adds “I don’t really hate you Tim”.
Slaves debut album, Are you satisfied? is out now.