Posted on: January 22, 2015 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

SLUG – AKA Sunderland’s Ian Black – has just announced his debut album RIPE, set to be released on Memphis Industries on 13th April 2015.  To celebrate, SLUG is sharing his new single, the minimalist surf rocking stomper ‘Running To Get Past Your Heart’.

Black says of the album:“’What ifs’ play a massive part in RIPE. What if we use a stoner metal riff and use it like a dub bass part or what if we combined the drumming style of John Bonham with James Brown beat and the squelch bass of Claudio Simonetti and Fabio Pignatelli?”.

Taking inspiration from film soundtracks, abstract and minimalist music but also the rock and funk chops of Led Zeppelin and Funkadelic, the resulting album is concise, unselfconscious, idiosyncratic and exquisitely executed.

was recorded at Field Music’s Roker studio with Peter and David Brewis on production duties. The Field Music brothers also return a favour for Black – who toured extensively with their band as bassist –  by playing on the album and in the insanely fun yet precision engineered live band, where they’re joined by Andrew Lowther and Rhys Patterson.

It was playing with Field Music that gave Ian the impetus to start SLUG: “You couldn’t be on the road with them for a year and not feel inspired. Sometimes doing these things helps create a sense of self belief that you can create your own thing…..however delusional that may be.”

RIPE can be preordered now on CD, LP and download from or iTunes with instant downloads of ‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic’ and ‘Running To Get Past Your Heart’.


27th January – London, Huw Stephens presents @ The Social
13th April – London, Lexington
15th April – Mono Café, Glasgow
16th April – The Castle, Manchester


Grimacing Mask
Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped In Plastic
Sha La La
Eggs and Eyes
Greasy Mind
Shake Your Loose Teeth
Weight Of Violence
Running To Get Past Your Heart
Peng Peng
Kill Your Darlings
At Least Show That You Care

‘Running To Get Past Your Heart’
‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped In Plastic’


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