Photos: Slaves at The Harley, Sheffield

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Just last month Slaves played what they describe as “their biggest show to date”. The swirling turmoil which unfolded in front of Reading Festival’s main stage can’t have been enough for Kent duo Slaves, who eagerly got back in the van just a week later to tour some of the UK’s pocket-sized venues.

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Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent must’ve kept a low profile as they confess to have been lurking the streets of Sheffield for a few days now, but when they swagger onstage at the 200-capped bar/hotel at The Harley, they make sure the five floors above them won’t be getting an early night. Holman, donning red Rocky-esque shorts, thrashes the drums in the snarling ‘Sockets’.

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By ‘Cheer Up London’ there are hoarse throats and crowd surfers surging towards anxious looking tour managers. New tracks come in the form of ‘Spit It Out’ and ‘Rich Man’ which stamps its authority: “Rich man / I’m not your bitch man”. The final knockout blow though comes with the last ring of ‘The Hunter’, Holman practically in the crowd by this point. Back at the O2 Academy in November, Slaves can create, chaos no matter how big or small the crowd.

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Words: Josh Shreeve/ Photos: Lewis Evans

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