Slaves’ Isaac Holman shares Damon Albarn-assisted ‘Too Shy For Tennis’

It's the first track from his new project, Baby Dave

Slaves’ Isaac Holman has shared his first solo track, the Damon Albarn-assisted ‘Too Shy For Tennis’ – you can watch the video for it below.

The punk duo’s drummer and singer is embarking on a new solo project under the moniker Baby Dave.

‘Too Shy For Tennis’ was originally recorded in Holman’s living room, but was later fine-tuned with the help of Albarn. The pair had previously worked together on the Gorillaz track ‘Momentary Bliss’.

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The first Baby Dave song marks a break from Slaves’ no-holds-barred punk, instead stepping into wonky-pop territory, with Holman singing over a barroom piano, an eerie drone and drums.

In a press release, Holman said of the track: “Dating scares the shit out of me. Physical activities when dating is a whole other story, terrifying. This is a tune about that.”

Watch the video for ‘Too Shy For Tennis’, directed by Jude Harrison, below:

 

Speaking about how his new project began life, Holman said: “I was living with my parents after a serious mental health breakdown. I was very unwell, I’d lost my mind and I was suicidal. Once I started feeling a bit better, I began to write. Sitting in my childhood bedroom, on my bed, these tunes started coming out of me. Then lockdown happened and amongst the madness the writing continued.

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“I moved into a flat just down the road because we were all still worried about my mental state. I got a job as a gardener because I didn’t think I could do music again properly and I needed a bit of purpose. I was still writing though, I didn’t really know what for but it was just sorting my head out so I kept doing it. Then the project started coming together. I quit my job and decided to go for it.”

Slaves guitarist Laurie Vincent, meanwhile, recently released a new track called ‘No Wrong No Right’ with his band Larry Pink The Human. The song encapsulates “uncertainty, excitement, beautiful pure naivety, the human experience”.

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