Punk music has been a bit of a laughing stock over the last decade. Either seen as the edgy soundtrack to an American teen movie or an avenue for pop rock bands to explore in order to sound more enthusiastic. But this my friends, this is the real deal. The two-piece Tunbridge Wells-based Slaves have managed to bring the punk ethos back to life through their incredible debut record 'Are You Satisfied?'
While to most, it may seem like a simple and rushed full-length, this is all part of the mantra that Slaves have managed to adopt. The lax approach to songwriting, vocals and comical social commentary seems to capture the apathy and snaring rebellion of the youth in today's Britain. While keeping politics very much out of the loop, the record takes aim on the snobbish middle-class of this generation and has a fair choice words for those caught up in the rat race of capitalism.
Given how much focus is placed on the lyrics of empathic frontman Laurie Vincent, it seems this album is more about sending a message than anything else. Draped in a veil of contempt for society, 'Are You Satisfied?' has proven to be one of the most honest and passionately delivered albums we have heard in years.