The wonderfully weird and sensational Slug are back in Ramsgate on 25th February!
Ian Black and his band return with a new album ‘Thy Socialite!’ on 20th January 2023, on a label formed by Field Music’s Peter and David Brewis. A month later they showcase these songs right here in Ramsgate…
“Brilliantly weird, packed full of ideas and sounds” – Music OMH
Slug is the solo project of British musician Ian Black, a former touring bassist for angular indie rockers Field Music and a fixture of the Sunderland area indie scene since the early 2000s. Mixing quirky, melodic guitar pop with art rock, ’70s funk, and an array of other eclectic influences, Black recorded his debut in 2014 with help from Field Music brothers Peter and David Brewis, who co-produced the album. Rounding out the ensemble are guitarist Rhys Patterson and bassist Andrew Lowther.
Slug‘s debut LP, ‘Ripe’, was released in April 2015 by British indie Memphis Industries. The follow-up, 2018’s ‘HiggledyPiggledy’, departed from the debut in being a completely solo effort, with Black playing everything and producing as well. Inspired by the Residents and the Holy Mountain soundtrack, Black took a minimalist approach to recording that focused on drums and rhythm while lyrically detailing the Dadistic nature of modern life.
“Black balances his pop leanings and prog inclinations well throughout the record, never tipping too far in one direction or the other, and always making music that is pleasing to both the part of the brain that wants to think and the part that wants to feel” – All Music
“Hugely impressive… in the midst of all the musical pyrotechnics, there’s still room for standout melodies” – Q Magazine