Slug, aka North East native Ian Black has returned with a new album, HiggledyPiggledy, out on April 13th via Memphis Industries. From it he’s released lead single No Heavy Petting, which pokes fun at the sexualisation of music on television, at least from his own standpoint, while the title comes from the Swimming Pool signs of the 80s & 90s “”No heavy Petting” was kind of a task I gave myself to try and write a “sexy song,” to see if I could do it,” says Black. “So I did a bit of research by turning on a music channel. I was drunk and I realised, while the synthesised marimba, bleeps and drum machines and images of young men and women grinding all over each other, that I’d probably left it a little too late at the age of 35.”
Although the last album featured Field Music’s Brewis Brothers, Black has worked alone on this one, although there’s still a whiff of that prog-pop palette, as it whirls and spins around a multitude of styles, before settling into this waspish, ambitious pop tune. Check it out, here
HiggledyPiggledy is available to pre-order here ahead of its release on 13th April 2018, and SLUG has just announced a new run of tourdates.
27 April – Leeds, Brudenell Social
29 April – Glasgow, The Hug and Pint
30 April – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
01 May – London, The Lexington
21 July – Deershed Festival