Slaves – Take Control
You know what you’re getting with Slaves: a snarling, mischievous, hugely entertaining punk rock racket – perfect for those Monday mornings when the world deserves a smack in the mouth. And the Kentish two-piece have pretty much picked up where they left off with last year’s debut Are You Satisfied. However, this time around they’ve accrued the clout to bring Beastie Boy Mike D along to the party; and in similar vein to the New York hip-hop outfit, Isaac Holmes and Laurie Vincent’s sound is anti-establishment, sticking it to the man music at its unrepentant best.
Tracks ‘Rich Man’ (“I’m not your bitch, man”), ‘Lies’ (“Lies, nothing but lies… hollow eyes, suits and ties”) and ‘Same Again’ (“Abide by the rules that were set by the fools”) see the band’s frustration at societal lethargy aired and their call-to-arms screamed loud and clear – “take control”. It’s more overtly political than anything they’ve done before, but the staple ingredients of crunching guitar, primitive drum beats and a healthy dose of tomfoolery (See: ‘Angelica’, ‘The People That You Meet’ and ‘Fuck The Hi Hat’) means that it’s still as much fun as always.
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