SLUG SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR ‘GREASY MIND’
DEBUT ALBUM RIPE RELEASED 13TH APRIL ON MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES
NEW LIVE DATES CONFIRMED FOR APRIL
SLUG – AKA Sunderland’s Ian Black – recently announced his debut album RIPE, set to be released on Memphis Industries on 13th April 2015. Today, he’s shared a brand new video for ‘Greasy Mind’, the new single which is currently playlisted on BBC Radio 6 Music.
“For the Greasy Mind video I envisioned a collision of Widrich Virgil’s ‘Copy Shop’ and Len Lye’s ‘Rainbow Dance.’ I achieved neither,”deadpans Black, of his self-directed video. “Bursting with primal colour, cut up lo-fi video collage and numerous car crashes it’s a mess… but a glorious one at that.”
It was premiered by Entertainment Weekly, who compared it to “Hot Chip at their laid-back finest, as well as ’90s postmodern rockers like Soul Coughing and Odelay-era Beck.”
Of the album, Black says“’What ifs’ play a massive part in RIPE. What if we use a stoner metal riff and use it like a dub bass part or what if we combined the drumming style of John Bonham with James Brown beat and the squelch bass of Claudio Simonetti and Fabio Pignatelli?”.
Taking inspiration from film soundtracks, abstract and minimalist music but also the rock and funk chops of Led Zeppelin and Funkadelic, the resulting 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. The Field Music brothers also return a favour for Black – who toured extensively with their band as bassist – by playing on the album and in the insanely fun yet precision engineered live band, where they’re joined by Andrew Lowther and Rhys Patterson.
It was playing with Field Music that gave Ian the impetus to start SLUG: “You couldn’t be on the road with them for a year and not feel inspired. Sometimes doing these things helps create a sense of self belief that you can create your own thing…..however delusional that may be.”
RIPE can be pre-ordered now on CD, white vinyl gatefold LP and download from www.slugband.co.uk or iTunes with instant downloads of ‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic’, ‘Running To Get Past Your Heart’ and ‘Greasy Mind’
27th March – Manchester, The Ritz (w/ Dutch Uncles)
4th April – Stockton Calling Festival
12th April – Newcastle, The Cluny
13th April – London, Lexington
15th April – Mono Café, Glasgow
16th April – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
16th May – Great Escape, Brighton
20th-23rd August – Green Man Festival
‘Greasy Mind’ video
‘Running To Get Past Your Heart’ https://soundcloud.com/memphisindustries/08-running-to-get-past-your/s-1uyWv
‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped In Plastic’ https://soundcloud.com/memphisindustries/02-cockeyed-rabbit/