YOU’D be hard pushed to pigeonhole Slaves - and that’s just how they like it.
They’re a duo spawned from a shared passion for an eclectic range of music which saw them catch the ear of a record label.
After years spent gigging around the country in a Renault Clio, Slaves – made up of Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent – have now been signed to Virgin Records.
Fresh from appearing on the 2015 NME Awards tour, they’re on the cusp of a headline tour, releasing debut album Are You Satisfied? and will be getting the crowds moshing at this year’s Leeds Reading Festival.
Speaking about the record, Laurie said: “We started the writing process at the beginning of last summer and it took about six months in total.
“We can’t wait to release it. When we first started we couldn’t afford to experiment and record in the style we wanted, but thanks to an amazing team we’ve been able to do that now. We worked out what we wanted to do and found a way of developing that.”
As their career gathers speed, so too does the whirlwind of interviews, but Laurie says the duo can be difficult to describe.
“We were sat down with an interviewer and they were trying to work our whether we were punk or not,” he said. “We were thinking of a word that best describes our sound and we think they best word is primal. It’s bright, it’s simple, it’s in your face.”
It’s their shared love of a range of music which bought the Kent pair together.
“We’ve been together as a duo for three years, and known each other for four and a half,” explains Laurie. “We just met on the local music scene, I was aware of Isaac’s various projects and music on YouTube.
“I think the reason it’s worked is because I’ve never met anyone else before with as varied interests in music as me. I like punk, hip hop, everything, and so does he.
“People get fixed on one genre, like a lot of people I grew up with are hooked on house music, but it’s not like that with us.
“We both realised we loved music. We never thought it would go anywhere, when we realised we could have something here, we slogged it out until we got noticed. It took a couple of years, but it was totally worth it.” Before this year’s Leeds Reading Festival on the August Bank Holiday, they’re heading out on a headline tour which will see them take to the stage at Newcastle’s Cluny next month.
Laurie said: “We’ve played Newcastle a few times and it’s great, it’s so different up there, with a totally different accent, and the fans are die-hard. We definitely are the kind of act who want crowd participation. We’ve played Leeds and Reading a couple of times on smaller stages, but the NME one may be our biggest yet. I went as a kid to Reading and it’s one of those gigs you most look forward to.”
For their biggest gig to date, Slaves join a bill which includes headliners Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines, as well as alt-J, Palma Violets, Modestep, The Gaslight Anthem, Drenge, Against Me!, Twin Atlantic and more.
•Slaves play Newcastle Cluny on May 11. For tickets visit www.youareallslaves.com.
•Leeds Reading Festival takes place from August 28-30. For the full line up and tickets visit www.leedsfestival.com.
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