Kent punks, Slaves, return with their recent single “Magnolia” as a general stab at suburbia and the mundane choices that follow. Taken off their third album, Acts Of Fear And Love, the track depicts the unquestioned norm, as something so simple as a common paint color, which speaks on a no “coincidence” in assimilation. Socially questioning punk threads pulsate with garage rock chords and take “Magnolia” to the equivalent of a swift kick in the arse. The duo then transform for the track’s visual acquaintance and infiltrate the suburbs as painters, hinting what life might have been like if they walked down a more typical route.
“Did you know at least 65% of UK homes contain at least one magnolia wall? I bet you didn’t,” states frontman Issac Holman on the opening lines of the track. Heavily distorted and crunchy guitar strums are shelved by Laurie Vincent, fighting for space with Holman’s thunderous tom and chants. Skidding across yells and quite melodic breaks in the midst of angst, the video unravels Holman and Vincent as they refuse to “do what they want,” ironically gaining a new perspective mindlessly staring at a magnolia hue. Further explaining, the band describes the track as a “tongue in-cheek tribute to the bland and ubiquitous paint which was found its way into so many of our homes.” Playfully displayed, the duo’s humor continues to seep in their work all while maintaining their point, and of course getting messy in the process.
After finishing up a well appreciated U.S. tour, Slaves embark on a packed U.K. tour this fall. As one who has witnessed the duo on many occasions, they do not leave anything behind and supply all the energy on stage.
SLAVES U.K. Tour
Wed 7 Nov 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thurs 8 Nov 2018 – Glasgow Barrowland (Sold Out)
Fri 9 Nov 2018 – Glasgow Barrowland
Sat 10 Nov 2018 – Nottingham Rock City (Sold Out)
Thu 15 Nov 2018 – Norwich UEA (Sold Out)
Fri 16 Nov 2018 – Liverpool O2 Academy (Sold Out)
Sat 17 Nov 2018 – Manchester Academy (Sold Out)
Mon 19 Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy
Tue 20 Nov 2018 – Bristol O2 Academy (Sold Out)
Thu 22 Nov 2018 – Cardiff Tramshed (Sold Out)
Fri 23 Nov 2018 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Sat 24 Nov 2018 – London Alexandra Palace