Hot on the heels of their third UK top ten album, Acts of Fear and Love, Kent duo Slaves return with new single and video, ‘Magnolia’, premiered via NME. The track comes just before the pair head out on their biggest UK headline tour to date.
A slab of catchy, grungy guitar pop, ‘Magnolia’ is both a sneering take down of suburban consumerism, as well as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the bland and ubiquitous paint which has found its way into so many UK homes. The video finds the band – Isaac Holman (vox, drums) and Laurie Vincent (guitar, bass, vox) – indulging their inner painter/decorator, giving the audience a little glimpse into what their life may have been like if they hadn’t pursued their career in music.
Released in August this year, Slaves‘ acclaimed third album, Acts of Fear and Love, reflects that fear and love may actually be the biggest motivators in the world at the moment. Following their Mercury-nominated top 10 2015 album Are You Satisfied? and 2016’s top 10 album Take Control, the band have opened themselves up to new territory. The album’s title is inspired by a comment once made by drummer Isaac Holman‘s college teacher – “There’s no such thing as hate – just acts of fear and love.”
Working with previous collaborator, producer Jolyon Thomas (Royal Blood, U2) in Brussels, the band opened themselves up to a new sonic territory. Not concerning themselves with other people’s expectations of what a Slaves album should sound like the band have experimented with their style, without any boundaries; embracing pop song writing and tender moments alongside the more traditional hardcore riffs and scream-along choruses.
The band have just completed an extensive US tour (including playing Cal Jam this month) and are in the middle of a month-long European jaunt before hitting the road in the UK for what will be their biggest run of shows so far, with many of them already sold out and culminating at Alexandra Palace.
Acts of Fear and Love is out now via Virgin EMI / UMusic EMI.
SLAVES UK TOUR DATES
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Wed 07 Nov 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thurs 08 Nov 2018 – Glasgow Barrowland (Sold Out)
Fri 09 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