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It’ll be a source of much pleasure for fans of Sunderland’s spacey surf popsters The Bubble Project to learn that SLUG have finally emerged. The long-awaited project from Bubbles’ Ian Black, the now fully-formed band also contains those purveyors of immaculate pop ditties David and Peter Brewis, who, alongside fellow Field Music member Andrew Lowther, are now ready to spread their live wings…or should that be slimy tentacles?

Anyway, mollusc analogies aside, SLUG’s ambitious debut album is slated for release in early 2015 and if the response from debut single Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped In Plastic is anything to go by (BBC6 Music’s Marc Riley played it twice in the same show), it’s likely to be warmly received. The track’s grimy bassy synths, sighing croon and Wildhearts-esque vocal breakdowns are in equal parts bonkers and sheer genius, displaying a schizophrenic hybrid of pop perfection.

No longer just the eccentric musical imaginings of one man and his microkorg, SLUG’s fully realised live show will take over the Head of Steam in Newcastle on Friday 28th November, fresh from a support tour with Hyde & Beast.

We asked Mr SLUG himself, Ian Black, to tell us a little more about himself. Welcome to: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…SLUG

1. I have a huge fondness for the animated feature length film When The Wind Blows based on the Raymond Briggs graphic novel. It somehow straddles being incredibly heart-warming, funny and endlessly bleak all at the same time. Being a real gem, I continuously drunkenly subject the film to my friends (along with other downbeat delights Watership Down and Plague Dogs)  when they visit Chateau Black for alcoholic merriment.

2. The first records I purchased when I was 10 included Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi and The Lost Boys’ soundtrack. I still stand by this choice. However, if I could change one thing…I would have bought New Jersey by Bon Jovi then as well.

3.  My favourite pub is the regal Museum Vaults in Sunderland. It has a fine selection of ales, a stuffed monkey and outrageous Willy Wonka Snozzberry wallpaper. Always fiercely self-efficient, they decided to fix the radiator in the mens toilet by selotaping it back to it’s previous state. The staff are also fantastic, keeping my wallet that had dropped out of my pocket safe and contacting me to let me know where it was……now that’s real class.

4. Along with other North East musicians, I like to participate in bi-monthly ‘Rock Neets’. This includes wearing your best rock t-shirt and listening to Toto all night in the Percy Arms. Not to be bested in the arena of rock, Frankie & The Heartstrings’ very own Dave Harper once turned up wearing white cowboy boots and leather trousers complete with a silver Status Quo jacket.

5. After wearing lab coats, forensic gear and dressing like robots, clowns and beatniks in my previous bands. I thought I’d play it a bit more classy this time round by dressing similar to Mr Peanut. Imagine my surprise, when catching a Ken Russell documentary on television, noticing that Oliver Reed wears exactly the same thing before his naked wrestling scene in Woman In Love….this has given me fresh new ideas for a stage show.

SLUG and Slow Decades play Newcastle’s Head of Steam on Friday 28th November.

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