I’ve personally given Slaves a lot of coverage this year – and for good reason. They’ve released a staggering SEVEN singles ahead of their new album, To Better Days. And I’ve loved every single one so far. New vocalist Matt McAndrew had large shoes to fill, but could you ask for a better replacement than a Voice runner-up? Now that the album is set to drop this Friday, I have a chance to examine it front to back.
Slaves has been a hot topic in the year since they released their first single with a new vocalist, “Heavier.” There was skepticism around replacing the previous frontman, but Matt came into his own as the band released single after single ahead of the long-awaited release of To Better Days. Today, we caught up with Matt and asked about the album lead-up:
Finally, the time has come for SLAVES to announce details on their first album with new vocalist Matt McAndrew.
After releasing a single every few months or so, the band has come into their own and shown that McAndrew is a perfect fit for the act. Songs like “Bury a Lie” and “Heavier” are sure to get stuck in the heads of thousands, like they did mine.
The band has announced that To Better Days will see its release on August 7th. Pre-orders will go live on May 29th alongside the new single “Wasting My Youth.”
There’s a reason McAndrew almost won The Voice. Discover why with any of these stellar SLAVES singles. This is a band not to miss.
We recently had the opportunity to review Slaves newest album Beautiful Death, officially being released tomorrow, February 16th via SBG Records. Beautiful Death, produced by Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Set it Off, Hands Like Houses), is set to be the band’s most powerful release to date. Vocalist Jonny Craig comments, “With this album, I feel like I have the chance to be the person I was supposed to be the entire time.” Wow is he right, every song on this album is unique sounding instrumentally with the common themes of persistence (seen in songs such as “Patience is the Virtue” and “The Pact”) and heart-break (seen in songs such as “True Colors” and “Deadly Conversations”) reappearing throughout.