Slug is a new band fronted by the Sunderland stalwarts’ former bassist Ian Black. ‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic’ is their first single and was made available as a free download as of yesterday via Memphis Industries.
As the uncompromising and slightly disorientating title of the song suggests, it is a weird and wonderful trip through the stranger side of pop. Anchored on a catchy opening riff, the track maintains a groove throughout, but is surrounded by a sporadic, quickfire vocal that takes a few listens before we really manage to work out what is going on.
‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic’ sees Black reunited with Field Music and School of Language frontman Peter Brewis – who has this time shied away from the more downtempo sounds that can be heard on his new collaborative album with Maximo Park’s Paul Smith.
They’re grafters up there in the north-east though and Brewis will also be heard (possibly in a more Field Music-esque capacity) contributing to Slug’s debut album when it gets its full release in 2015.