Slug covers Kate Bush; announces tour

Slug covers Kate Bush; announces tour


“Black’s version (of ‘The Big Sky’) is a vast late-night disco departure, recalling ’80s Bowie, with the clatter of percussion everpresent among ballroom keys” TLOBF

Ripe is a compelling, tersely funky 30 minutes…. a strong debut” **** MOJO

(Ripe)butterflies between vibraphoney neo-classical calm, Tame Impala freak-funk, razor-sharp art-punk and kung-fu flick OST guitars” NME

“The result is pure pleasure as Black takes the trademark Brewis sound and ramps up the funk on groove-driven art-pop gems” UNCUT

Having released his debut album Ripe earlier this year SLUG – AKA Sunderland’s Ian Black, ably supported by a revolving cast of Sunderland’s finest – have plotted a brand new set of dates across coming months. Coming up are appearances at Green Man and Festival No 6, dates in Edinburgh and Manchester with FFS (having been handpicked by Alex Kapranos), not to mention their own headline jaunt across the country in October.

To celebrate, SLUG have released a brand new track, continuing the fine tradition of North East bands covering Kate Bush. Ian & co. have reinterpreted ‘The Big Sky,’ which premieres today on The Line Of Best Fit. Ian Black explains:
“The approach was not try to match the majestic original (for I would have lost… badly) and have some fun with it. It has Rundgren pianos, daft synthesisers, a Led Zeppelin breakdown and myself struggling with the vocal delivery that only Kate would be able to pull off so brilliantly. Hope you enjoy it.”
08 Aug – Whickham, Chase Park Festival
21 Aug – Glanusk Park,  Greenman Festival
22 Aug – York, The Fulford Arms
24 Aug – Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival Theatre (with FFS)
25 Aug – Manchester, Albert Hall (with FFS)
05 Sep – Portmeirion, Festival No.6
26 Sep – Liverpool, Liverpool Psych Festival
10 Oct – Middlesborough, Twisterella Festival
24 Oct – Leeds, Beacons Metro Festival
26 Oct – Sheffield, The Harley
27 Oct – Birmingham, The Rainbow
28 Oct – Brighton, The Hope
29 Oct – Kent, Ramsgate Music Hall

Taking inspiration from film soundtracks, abstract and minimalist music but also the rock and funk chops of Led Zeppelin and Funkadelic, SLUG’s debut album is concise, unselfconscious, idiosyncratic and exquisitely executed. RIPE was recorded at Field Music’s Roker studio with Peter and David Brewis on production duties (with the Field Music brothers also featuring in the Slug live band).

‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped In Plastic’

For more SLUG info and to order the album Ripe on white vinyl LP, CD or download head to

‘Greasy Mind’ video

‘Running To Get Past Your Heart’

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