Slaves have revealed the title track from their upcoming album ‘Take Control’. A slab of uncompromising hardcore, “Take Control” perfectly reflects the harder edge of the new album. The video for ‘Take Control’ premiered earlier today on Noisey.com . WATCH VIDEO HERE
The track will be available on a special split 7” with the band’s long-time friends and touring partners, Wonk Unit. The B-side will feature the London based Punk’s track “We Are the England” and the 7” is available to pre-order online.
The band are also heading out on tour in October & November, first of all on the intimate ‘Back in the van’ tour where they will take in small venues around the country where band’s rarely play, then a full headline tour which will see them take in two nights at London’s legendary Shepherds Bush Empire.
Isaac Holman (vocals, drums) and Laurie Vincent (guitar, vocals) have followed a spectacular 2015 by recording another hit album in waiting, at Jackson Browne’s studio in Santa Monica, California. ‘Take Control’, was produced by one of the legends of early hip hop and New York punk, Mike D who, says Laurie, “Became like another member of our band – we can safely call him our friend, which is just surreal!”
‘Take Control’ finds the young pair sharpening up their skills, both in songwriting and in execution and sounding heavier in places.Several tracks on the album were recorded on vintageequipment used by the Beastie Boys on their classic records, Including ‘STD’s PhD’s’, ‘Angelica’ and ‘Consume Or Be Consumed’.
Recorded back home in London, ‘Steer Clear’ was a collaboration with another hero, Baxter Dury, who lent his distinctive vocals to a duet with Isaac.
Slaves first emerged in 2012, working their way up through the local toilet-venue circuit to become one of the success stories of 2015. The band’s debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’ smashed in to the UK top 10 and earned the band huge critical acclaim. Thanks to their charismatic mash-up of punky urgency and silly humour, they bagged Kerrang!’s Spirit Of Punk award and NME’s Best Video award (for ‘Cheer Up London’), while also securing nominations for the Mercury Music Prize, and for Best New Band at Q and NME.
Along the way, they’ve won the hearts of The Streets’ Mike Skinner, stolen the show on last year’s NME tour, had Skepta join them on stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend and toured with Jamie T and Wolf Alice – the latter in America in March, after which Wolf Alice’s drummer Joel Amey bunked off to California to play on new track ‘People That You Meet’.
Buzzing from their success, Isaac and Laurie weren’t content to sit back and lap it all up. “If you stop making music, you stop being relevant,” reasons Laurie, “so we just cracked on”. Kicking off with ‘Spit It Out’, which Isaac describes as a “hard-rock banger”, ‘Take Control’ will be released on 30 September.
Tour dates (All shows 14+)
Thu 10 Nov 2016 – Bexhill – De La Warr Pavillion
Fri 11 Nov 2016 – Exeter – Great Hall, University of Exeter
Sun 13 Nov 2016 – Cardiff – University Great Hall
Mon 14 Nov 2016 – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
Tue 15 Nov 2016 – Leeds – O2 Academy
Thu 17 Nov 2016 – Newcastle – O2 Academy
Fri 18 Nov 2016 – Glasgow – Barrowland – Sold out
Sat 19 Nov 2016 – Birmingham – O2 Academy
Mon 21 Nov 2016 – Bristol – O2 Academy
Tue 22 Nov 2016 – Leicester – O2 Academy
Wed 23 Nov 2016 – Nottingham – Rock City
Fri 25 Nov 2016 – Sheffield – O2 Academy
Sat 26 Nov 2016 – Manchester – Albert Hall – Sold Out
SUn 27 Nov 2016 – Manchester – Albert Hall
Tue 29 Nov 2016 – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
Wed 30 Nov 2016 – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
Pre-order ‘Take Control’ to get Spit It Out & Take Control tracks instantly: