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Their first emergence from the depths of Cardiff’s vibrant music scene, Slate share their debut single, Tabernacl, arriving as a forceful statement of intent. 

Produced by Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s Tom Rees, the single came to life after vocalist Jack Sheperd and drummer Raychi Bryant were driving in the middle of nowhere through neverending country roads. Peeking through its propelling rhythm is a sense of anxiety and intensity which mirrors how it feels to push through the darkness. 

Of the track, Sheperd states:

‘The aim was to transport people to a definitive place through the music, similarly to how The Cure do on ‘a Forest’. That midnight drive seemed to perfectly capture the feeling of dread. Whilst the first half of the song is characterised by regret, I relate the second half to confession. And with confession comes a relief which I think is embodied in the music. It was these types of connotations surrounding repentance that led to the song being titled ‘Tabernacl’.

The four-piece are set to support Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard on a handful of their upcoming tour dates starting next month, stopping off in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Huddersfield and Nottingham. 

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Katie Macbeth

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Katie Macbeth is a freelance music journalist for Indie Is Not A Genre based out of Manchester, presenter of @drunktankthink, and post punk enthusiast.



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