Review #81: Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

Artist – Slaves
Album – Are You Satisfied? (2015)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/3Fb5mZyJn0HcP2RUtPVMXZ

Slaves are a punk duo from Kent, UK. The band consists of Laurie Vincent – guitar/vocals and Issac Holman – drums/vocals. Slaves released their first E.P in 2014 and were immediately signed to Virgin EMI, releasing a string of singles after. The band have had a few notable performances so far such as their appearance on Jools Holland and their viral cover of Skepta’s ‘Shut Down’ on BBC Radio 1. Slaves were also nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2015, and now release their first full length album ‘Are You Satisfied?’

My initial thought when listening to this album was how punk the vocals sounded at times, often very reminiscent of John Lydon of the Sex Pistols. A case can also be made for similarities with the Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods, of which have recently argued this topic. They both do follow a similar working class tone in their lyrics, delivery and musicality, however i do feel their are enough difference to make them both original. Are You Satisfied? is more focused on local life and local relationships rather than anything too broad, very similar to The Streets work or early Arctic Monkeys. The instrumentation is very simple, bass, vocals and drums, as the duo thing has become very popular lately. This simplicity in instrumentation brings a simplicity in rhythm and melody, but creates rough, hard hitting riffs. The entire album is quite aggressive, apart from the song ‘Are You Satisfied?’, giving a sense that two youths from the local estate have been giving instruments and told to unleash, but then discovered they are very talented.

Slaves are kind of a breath of fresh air amongst the more posh artists like Mumford & Sons and Alt-J that we are flooded with today (although i do like them). Slaves seem to cater to a new type of audience that’s genre are usually grime or rap, however it cater to indie and rock fans just as much.

8/10

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