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18th Nov 2015

JOE meets Mercury-nominated punk band Slaves…

Two's company

Lia Nicholls

Slaves often get mistaken for being angry. They’re primal, punky and not for the faint-hearted, but they’re not angry.

They do make a sh*t load of noise for a duo. Singing drummer Isaac Holman and guitarist Laurie Vincent’s music is mosh-pit inviting anarchy but predominantly they’re here to have fun. And they’re having a successful bash at it too.

This year will have seen the pair from Tunbridge Wells, Kent pull out a top 10 debut album with ‘Are You Satisfied’, a UK and US tour – oh and a Mercury-nomination alongside Florence And The Machine, Jamie xx and Gaz Coombes.

We had a quick catch-up with Isaac and Laurie ahead of the Friday’s Mercury Music Prize bash.

You’ve had a triumphant year, is there anything that could have made it better?

LV: More sleep.

Huge congratulations on your Mercury Prize nomination, how do you fancy your chances?

LV: Fair to middling.

Who do you think should win this year’s Mercury?


IH: Wolf Alice

Who are your biggest inspirations?

Our parents and pets.

I hear you really love grime, what are your top three grime records?

IH – Dizzy Rascal, ‘Boy in da Corner’, Wiley, ‘Treddin’ on Thin Ice’, Kano, ‘Home Sweet Home’.

LV – Bonkaz, ‘We Run The Block’, Skepta, ‘That’s Not Me’, Stormzy, ‘Shut-Up’.

Describe one of the most surreal parties you’ve been to?

LV – Backstage with Bono and Noel G (U2 at the o2).

IH – A party in a flat I lived in where I couldn’t find the back garden.

Who would you most like to go on tour with? Dead, alive or disbanded?

LV: Eminem.

IH: The Streets.

Is being part of a famed band turning out to be everything you thought it would be?

We don’t feel famous.

What do you do to relax?

LV: Paint, cook and watch Modern Family.

IH: Socials with animals…

When was the last time you were drunk?

LV: Berlin 11/11/15.

IH: Last Friday 13/11/15.

What’s been your biggest extravagance since landing your record deal?

LV: A juicer and a chain.

IH: A mini motorbike.

If there was a fire, what five items would you save first and why?

Paintings, guitar, chilli plants, cats, Mercury Award, oops…


Where was your worst job?

LV: Odeon, Maidstone (Kent), I didn’t enjoy that.

IH: Not had a bad one yet.

When was the last time you cried?

LV: On tour in Japan when I was informed of a bereavement.

IH: Yesterday.

Tell us one of your regrets?

No regrets.

Are you getting back to Kent for Christmas, what are your plans?

IH: Yes I am, a family Christmas, perfect.

LV: Going to visit family and it’s my birthday.