Slug is a London-based anarcho-punk that was born sometime in 2012 when past members of Active Slaughter and Bug Central came together and met vocalist Sam and lead guitarist Phil. Deeply anti-fascist in its ethos, Slug has written and performed songs about homophobia, sexism and class war; and I first got to see the band at a recent benefit gig in Bradford, which I was also a part of.
Impressed with what I heard that day, I decided to download Slug’s free seven-track demo to add to my music collection shortly afterwards. Having listened to the demo twenty to thirty times through already, I have to say it’s a pretty well accomplished piece of work, especially considering it’s the first compilation of music the band has put out.
From the aggressively-paranoid ‘Propaganda’ to the revolution-calling ‘Changing’, the songs are raw and message-driven. The personal story told on ‘Locked Down’ is especially powerful (depicting guitarist JJ’s incarceration after his anti-animal testing campaign, if I’m not mistaken); while the anti-Tory ‘Blue Blood’ is as under/working-class as they come (“Born better/ Are they fuck/ Just Toffs/ Too much luck/ Looking down/ Their golden throne/ Waiting for you/ To die alone”).
There’s a lot of potential for punk fans to get excited about here. Sam’s vocals are very unorthodox and command every track; while the lead-guitar work done by Phil is certainly another ear-opener (check ‘Sense Of Apathy’). All in all, pretty damn good; with any luck, Slug will be working on a full-length album sometime soon.