by Bill Pearis

Slug

While Field Music are, for all intents and purposes on hiatus as a band, the Brewis brothers stay busy and still work together. Recently they've been helping Ian Black (who played bass in the live version of Field Music) who makes his own music as Slug. The impetus for Slug came from his time in the band, says Black:

you couldn't be on the road with them for a year and not feel inspired. Sometimes doing these things helps create a sense of self belief that you can create your own thing...however delusional that may be.

If you dig the proggy pop of Field Music you will likely want to hear Slug's debut album, Ripe, which was produced by Peter and David Brewis and they play on it too. The album draws from a wide variety of wildly disparate influences:

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 James Brown beat and the squelch bass of Claudio Simonetti and Fabio Pignatelli.

We've got the premiere of "Greasy Mind," one of the album's funkier tracks, that draws from early electro and hard rock. It makes more sense when you listen than trying to describe it. Check it out, along with two other tracks from the album, below.

Ripe will be out April 13 in the UK and April 21 in the US via Memphis Industries. Slug will be touring the UK (with the Brewises in the band) and those dates are listed below...

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Slug - Ripe tracklist:
Grimacing Mask
Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic
Sha La la
Eggs and Eyes
Greasy Mind
Shake Your Loose Teeth
Weight of Violence
Running To Get Past Your Heart
Peng Peng
Kill Your Darlings
At Least Show That You Care

Slug - 2015 Tour Dates
Fri 27 Mar 2015 The Ritz Manchester, UK
Sat 04 Apr 2015 Stockton Calling 2015 Stockton, UK
Sun 12 Apr 2015 The Cluny Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Mon 13 Apr 2015 The Lexington London, UK
Wed 15 Apr 2015 Mono Glasgow, UK
Thu 16 Apr 2015 Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK
Thu 20 -- Sun 23 Aug 2015 Green Man Festival 2015