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Slaves - Chokehold

With new track ‘Chokehold' the boys have written a bloody love song.
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Slaves - Chokehold
Published: 10:43 am, August 06, 2018Words: Jake Hawkes.

We've mentioned before that Slaves look like they're putting a foot or two outside of their comfort zone on new album ‘Acts of Fear and Love'. First, there was the Britpop tinge of ‘Cut and Run', and with new track ‘Chokehold' the boys have written a bloody love song.

Well, sort of. ‘Chokehold' is the story of a spurned lover, so it's more of a breakup song, but it's still a topic that isn't exactly in the duo's usual wheelhouse. Not to worry though, it's still a banger, with a snarling riff and abrasive lyrics, topped off with a chorus tailor-made to be screamed back at them live.

‘Cut and Run' was a departure in sound, and ‘Chokehold' is a departure in subject, but in a changing world there's still one thing we can count on: a bizarre music video.

This time, the band have broken up so that Isaac can pursue a burgeoning dance career (no, really). The video shows auditions for a new drummer, including Dom from Peace, Joel from Wolf Alice and Dave Rowntree from Blur (again, really). We won't spoil it but don't worry, it all works out in the end.

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