Slaves – O2 Academy – 24th Jun

Slaves_03_0815The hype surrounding The Slaves gig at Leadmill was at an all-time high. After the sold out gig was postponed a month, due to the drummers mishap with a knife, fans could not wait to finally see the show.

Leadmill’s main room was at the brim by eight o’clock and was rowdy as ever in anticipation for the duo. As the pair swaggered onto the stage fans could not contain themselves with mosh-pits, full of teenage lads, breaking out in the middle of the room.

When tracks from the band’s debut boomed from the stage, such as ‘Are You Satisfied?’ the crowd chanted the words back religiously. The atmosphere could only be described as fun as the duo egged on the crowd chanting ‘Yorkshire’ and asking for audience members underwear. To everyone’s surprise they actually got a pair of boxer shorts thrown on stage. Throughout there show there was a frequent appearance of a cowboy hat as well as a man dressed as a manta-ray for ‘Feed the Manta-Ray’ a definite crowd pleaser.

The performance was fantastic with Slaves harsh, quirky distorted sound carried across the room filling all corners of the venue. The upbeat tempo and energy given by band made it difficult not to move about.
As the band finished their set on ‘Hey’; fans went wild taking of their shirts and throwing their pints into the air. With no encore Slaves made a strong statement with their short punchy set.

Review by Gina Francey.
Pic by Harley Kate Young

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