Slaves is a British two-piece punk rock band formed in 2012 by Laurie Vincent (guitar, bass, vocals) and Isaac Holman (drums, vocals). The duo has released this year the third LP of their discography, named Acts of Fear and Love, in which the band plays a simple but effective blend of punk and indie rock. The album has the merit to offer a consistent sequence of enjoyable songs, without any tangible loss of tension across the 29 minutes of duration of the record, with a couple of pieces which stand out for their catchy anthems and intriguing riffs.
Compared to the previous releases of the band the mood of the new record is less furious and, to some extent, more joyful. We have here an absolutely enjoyable sequence of moderately fast rock songs that brings a certain sense of positivity and, at time, bring you a smile on your face. Perhaps one the most exciting aspect of their music is the sense of naturalness which emerges from every song of the record. The music played by the Slaves is direct, straight and simple, without any artifice which compromises its immediacy. And it is no coincidence, then, that the band has been extremely prolific so far, with three albums published within only 4 years. As often happens for this kind of music, however, the sound and style of the songs seem to be conceived exclusively for the live shows and, therefore, the emotional charge of the tracks appear a little softened by the recording process.
Acts of Fear and Love can be streamed from Spotify.
My favorite songs of the record are Artificial Intelligence and the anthemic opening track of the album, The Lives They Wish They Had.
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