Slaves opened the first day of the Madrid festival earlier today (July 12), appearing on the Mad Cool Stage. Their setlist included three new songs – ‘Chokehold’, ‘The Lives They Wish They Had’ and ‘Photo Opportunity’. The former took the form of melodic punk and featured drummer and singer Isaac Holman narrating a tale of heartbreak with the lyrics: “When she left me, I took it badly/I was a right mess, you see I loved her madly.”
The more urgent ‘The Lives They Wish They Had’ found the band tackling the quest for popularity and people using social media to make their lives look more appealing over Laurie Vincent’s crunching guitar riffs. Thirty seconds before the end, the duo sped things up with Holman rasping “Everybody follow me” into the mic.
‘Photo Opportunity’, which the band have been playing since 2017, showed a different side to Slaves, with Vincent finger-picking a soft, lilting melody that gave way in each chorus to something more anthemic. Lyrically, the song dealt with being glued to your phone, with Holman singing: “What are you trying to do to me?/This is not a photo opportunity.“
Slaves recently confirmed details of ‘Acts Of Fear And Love’, revealing the record’s tracklist and artwork, which was shot by legendary photographer Juergen Teller.
Meanwhile, Eels covered Prince’s ‘Raspberry Beret’ at Mad Cool earlier today. The band have been featuring the classic track in their setlist on their current world tour and pulled it out again today for the Madrid audience.