Last week, Kent punk duo Slaves played a special show at the Hairy Dog in Derby. The Dr Martens gig was teeny, tiny compared to their usual ones and, unsurprisingly, things went from 0 to 100 in record time. Here are the best shots from the show.
At the start of the sweaty set frontman Isaac Holman said: “It’s so nice to be back. We’re going to play some new songs and some really old ones.”
The Hairy Dog have supported the band since their inception – they put them on during their first and second tours, until they got way too big for the tiny room. In fact, there’s an image of the band with their sleeping bags on the floor of the venue in one of their record sleeves.
Fans won tickets to the intimate free show with Dr Martens allocating them via ballot. Local acts The Reverends and Bear Chest opened the show in association with the Joe Strummer Association.
The band were on typically rowdy form at the small venue with both Isaac and Laurie Vincent of the band ending up topless as the steamy venue turned into a sweat pit. Hot stuff.
The show was originally scheduled for April but was postponed so the band could continue work on their new album, the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Are You Satisfied?’
The competition winning crowd were on shouty form throughout.
At the start of ‘Hey’ a technical issue halted the show briefly, but rather than an awkward silence the band started a joke swapping session with the audience.
The set included new song ‘Rich Man’, as well as first album tunes ‘Sockets’ and ‘Cheer Up London’.
Guitarist Laurie Vincent ended the show on top of the crowd as he surfed to the back of the room.
If you want to catch Slaves this summer on a much bigger stage, they’ll be playing T In The Park up in Scotland and Reading and Leeds Festivals too.
Until next time, Slaves!