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Slaves

Slaves

Loveletter

Rising from the ashes of the sorely missed VSS, Slaves comprises the considerable talents of Dave Clifford (drums), Joshua Hughes (guitar), and Andrew Rothbard (vocals, organ). In terms of razor-sharp post-punk tension, Slaves' self-titled debut EP bears some resemblance to the VSS. Where the two differ is the type of tension both bands employ(ed): Whereas the VSS specialized in building tension between one scissor-like jab to the next, Slaves opt to weave hypnotic tension not unlike the slitting of wrists, but without a bloody mess on the floor. Hughes's gloomy, Robert Smith-esque melodies certainly contribute to the trance-inducing din, as well. A bloody shame (pun intended) Slaves is only four songs.

--Nathan T. Birk