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SLUG Announce Debut Album

SLUG, aka Sunderland’s Ian Black, has just announced his debut album RIPE, set to be released on Memphis Industries on 13 April.

To celebrate SLUG is sharing the new single, the minimalist surf rocking stomper ‘Running To Get Past Your Heart’.

Black says of the album “‘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“. Taking inspiration from film soundtracks, abstract and minimalist music but also the rock and funk chops of Led Zeppelin and Funkadelic, the resulting album is concise, unselfconscious, idiosyncratic and exquisitely executed.

RIPE was recorded at Field Music’s Roker studio with Peter and David Brewis on production duties. The Field Music brothers also return the favour for Black who toured extensively with their band as bassist. They play on the album and in the insanely fun yet precision engineered live band where they’re joined by Andrew Lowther on bass and Rhys Patterson. It was playing with Field Music that gave Ian the impetus to start SLUGyou 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 maybe.”

RIPE can be preordered now on CD, LP and download from or iTunes with instant downloads of ‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic’ and ‘Running To Get Past Your Heart’.

Ripe Tracklisting

  1. Grimacing Mask
  2. Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic
  3. Sha La La
  4. Eggs and Eyes
  5. Greasy Mind
  6. Shake Your Loose Tooth
  7. Weight Of Violence
  8. Running To Get Past Your Heart
  9. PengPeng
  • Kill Your Darlings
  • At Least
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<p>You can usually find me traveling, queuing, or at barricade for a band. I am most likely doing all three things in a day.<br /> If I’m not at a concert you can also find me digging through crates for that coveted black disc, I’m an avid vinyl lover and I have the receipts to prove it.</p>