When former frontman Johnny Craig didn’t board a flight to London with the rest of his band for their UK/European tour supporting Escape The Fate last January, the future of Slaves was uncertain. When they found themselves in the kind of situation that has seen many bands call it a day, Slaves triumphed.
An almost-literal last-minute pre-flight phone call to The Voice US 2014 runner-up Matt McAndrew on Kevin Gruft of Escape The Fate’s suggestion is what kickstarted a whole new era for Slaves, even if they didn’t realise it at the time.
Almost a year later, the band have released their second single with McAndrew, ‘Prayers’. The track is a meaty, bass-heavy three minutes, 19 seconds of absolute ecstasy.
Following on from ‘Heavier’, released in July, Slaves have once again assured fans that their dark lyricism and atmospheric instrumentation is here to stay. McAndrew provides serene, pitch-perfect vocals that both contrast and compliment.
Long-time Slaves fans, Matt McAndrew fans, and people who had never heard of either seem to be digging the track, according to the 111,000 views and hoard of comments of praise the music video has racked up in the 13 days since it was released. Those who didn’t think Slaves would survive without Craig are eating their words, and people who watched McAndrew on the NBC show are excited to see him making music in a band that he slots so well into.
It’s an all-round fantastic track from a band who have a lot more to come in 2020 and beyond. We can’t wait to hear what they have coming next.