Listen: SLUG – ‘No Heavy Petting’

By February 1, 2018 Listen, News

SLUG will return with a brand new album HiggledyPiggledy, set to be released 13th April 2018 through Memphis Industries.

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SLUG is the the nom de plume of North East native Ian Black and, whereas acclaimed debut LP RIPE was made in collaboration with Peter Brewis and David Brewis of Field Music, HiggledyPiggledy was composed, produced and played entirely by Black; enabling him to give free reign to his beguiling brand of dada-rock.

Lead single “No Heavy Petting” – was consciously written to be an aggressive album opener, and which pokes fun at Blacks own Mary Whitehouse-esque response to the sexualisation of music on television.

‘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.”

The track title is taken from a “dos and don’ts” sign, familiar to anybody who took a dip in a UK swimming pool in the 1990s and 2000s.

“There’s a little bit of dialogue spoken by computer within the song and this is an exaggerated take on how I felt when watching those videos of weak as p**s songs with softcore pornography paraded on them. “Can you just pack it in a minute, listen…leave each other alone and try and write a song…that’s like…good?”.

“Basically I’m now ancient.”