Slaves: An Interview

Slaves are a garage rock/punk duo hailing from the south east of England. Unlike many British punk bands, these dudes are not swaying towards the American theme but sticking to their Kentish roots. They have supported the likes of The Skints and have now secured a place at Reading and Leeds festivals, playing the BBC Introducing stage. We quizzed them about nerves, performing topless and what makes their blood boil:

Tell us about the formation of Slaves.

A man of Kent and a Kentish man meet and agreed to do something, Slaves was born. The rest is boring and history.

What makes a good gig for you?

Lots of fun. We like to make people laugh and have a laugh ourselves.

I also love a good soundman, they make it a much better experience.

You seem to perform topless most of the time – does this win you female followers?


Punk can often be a very angry genre – which one person makes you most angry and why?

Davina McCall. What’s her purpose? Or Tracy from Coronation street. Not a fan of her either.

Who do you cite as your major influences?

I like Peter Hook from Joy Division; he’s a good guy. Apart from that, soppy ones like my dad ‘n’ that.

Which do you find more nerve-racking – playing to friends and family or playing at one of the biggest festivals in the UK?

The latter… I hope I don’t get too nervous though, I’d rather just enjoy it. Nerves can consume a set and make you tense up… that sucks.

There are so many brilliant bands playing at Reading/Leeds. Who are you most excited about playing alongside?

Our good pals Drenge! Also Deap Vally, Peace, Childhood and Savages amongst many others. Great up and coming bands we like. We also love Eminem, gutted we will miss him.

Why should people come and see Slaves at the festival?

I think you will have fun. We will ask you what your favourite biscuit is. Isaac plays the drums standing up. Our friends will most likely cause a riot in the crowd. You will enjoy yourselves.

What does the future hold for Slaves?



If you’d like to see more of these guys, check out their Facebook and Tumblr. They will be playing Friday (Reading) and Saturday (Leeds).  Check out our Reading and Leeds guides: FridaySaturday and Sunday

Author: Samuel Griffiths

Sam is a music correspondent for performance reviewed. He is also a budding professional drummer and in his spare time enjoys going to many gigs and playing guitar.