Rated 5 out of
Slug@ The Crescent, York, 16/09/18
I made the 70 mile round trip to York last night to see the magnificent Slug play at York’s lovely venue, The Crescent.
The band would have been justified in expecting a slightly larger turnout by the good people of York on a Sunday night, but undeterred, the band played a spellbinding set of prog tinged pop gems. The setlist leaned somewhat heavily towards the band’s recently released masterpiece ‘Higgledypiggledy’. However, their brilliant debut album ‘Ripe’ was duly represented with classics ‘Cockeyed Rabbit....’ and ‘Kill Your Darlings’ amongst others. They even threw in one of their 1970’s horror film themes for good measure.
Not only is Ian Black a hugely talented songwriter and multi instrumentalist, he’s undoubtedly one of the warmest and most engagingly witty front men in music today. His between song stories and banter have become an indispensable facet of the Slug live experience. At one point, he even left the stage, mid song, whilst the band played on. He walked over to the bar, ordered a pint, came back to the stage, picked up his guitar and seamlessly delivered a blistering solo before the song ended. Not something you see every day...
As one admirer on You Tube posted recently, ‘...they should be bigger than Mount Everest...’. I can only wholeheartedly agree!
Date published: 2018-09-26