By The Sea Festival Presents Slaves
Dreamland, Margate Kent
Rated 5 out of 5 by Haribo56 from Chuckelvision with Guitars As soon as I heard Slaves, I knew these were a band I should see live. However, the date I booked to see them happened to be the last date of a very long tour, so I had fears they would be tired. The two grungy supports (including Black Honey, an awesome band fronted by a blond banshee) were certainly full of beans, even rousing the front row into vigorous jumping. As soon as Slaves walked on, they proved that tiredness was the last thing they were feeling, as they launched straight into the rocketing 'Sockets'. By the second song, the booming bulldozer 'Play Dead', the entire standing audience below was a writhing pit of flailing bodies. I was sincerely regretting only getting tickets to the third level, but even up there everybody was moving, especially to danceable tunes like 'Lies' and the synth-driven 'STD's/PHD's'. I've never seen a more energetic and furious show put on by two men. Drummer/singer Isaac Holman lost his shirt quickly into the show, cue plenty of whoops, and the best bits of the gig for me was when he would thrash his cymbals with the ferocity of a maniac beating someone with a baseball bat. Sharp-dressed guitarist Laurie Vincent was equally reckless with his instrument, flailing around the stage when he got excited. The front row especially enjoyed Isaac clambering up to the barrier during the softer tunes of 'Are You Satisfied' and 'Steer Clear'. He seemed to relish the swarms of hands groping his sweaty chest as the hundreds of mouths sang along with him. The only other people on stage was the occasional extra on drums or synths and a man who ran around dressed in a white sheet, pretending to be the manta ray of one of the band's songs, before hurling himself into the crowd. Isaac and Laurie sometimes mixed up instruments. Laurie played bass to thunderous effect on 'Cheer Up London' and 'Consume Or Be Consumed', while Isaac played bass and swayed along with his musical brother for the creepy 'Angelica'. Sure they may be a bit of a cartoon band, but they're a cartoon band that shook an entire room and had their audience bouncing back the oodles of fun and madness they exhibited, especially when they closed the night with 'Spit It Out'. For me, the venue disappeared under a pounding maelstrom of crazed noise.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by Juxu from Amazing band in a amazing Albert Hall I went to this gig with my friends and I really didn't have to dissapoint. One of the best gigs I've ever seen and my first concert abroad.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by NuttyCoombs from Excellent Evening! Loads of energy, very entertaining and support band also fab. Great sound, too
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by Poddie from Slaves It was a brilliant concert my first concert ever I will definitely be going to another very soon
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by Montymoow from Fantastic event Great gig with a superb atmosphere and lots of energy from Slaves
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zoo from A great gig Went to see The Slaves at rock city in Nottingham, & they were awesome. Had a great night & would definitely recommend to see them, live as they are so talented and the atmosphere was alive. Very impressed with these lads !!!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tartanman97 from Excellent live - reminded me why I love them! Crowd was absolutely incredible, didn't stop moving! I wasn't much of a fan of Take Control...after the concert, I realised I loved it just as much as their earlier work!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by karaaaxx from my favourite event of the year ! I went to this event with friends and what an experience it was ! The atmosphere was phenomenal, highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-30