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Slug - Running to Get Past Your Heart

Track of the Day comes courtesy of a man who already seems to be shaping up to release one of the albums of 2015.

We are talking about Ian Black aka Slug, who will unveil his debut RIPE this April via Memphis Industries.

The Sunderland resident will be all too familiar to anyone who is a fan of Field Music, given that Black played bass alongside the Brewis brothers before going solo. That’s not to suggest there was any bad feeling following the departure, however, with both of the siblings guesting on the album.

Slug burst onto the scene a few months back now, with his first single ‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic’.

However, this time around i is the slightly more abrasive-sounding – yet undeniably catchy – ‘Running to Get Past Your Heart’ that takes the title.

An infectious falsetto vocal runs over the top of a pulsating riff that that could draw comparisons to Death From Above 1979 just as easily as the Beach Boys.

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 a James Brown beat and the squelch bass of Claudio Simonetti and Fabio Pignatelli?”

Well, the answer lies right here and it is truly mesmisrising.

In addition, fans of the record will be able to catch Slug on tour at the following dates:

27/01/2015 – London, Huw Stephens presents @ The Social
13/04 – London, Lexington
15/04 – Mono Café, Glasgow
16/04 – The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Patrick Davies