Slaves becomes soft play after punk band admits original name was “a problem”.

British punk band Slaves have changed their name to Soft Play and apologized to those offended by their original.

The duo, consisting of frontman Laurie Vincent and drummer Isaac Holman, had been on hiatus since 2019 due to the death of Vincent’s partner, with whom he has two children.

On Friday (December 9), the band shared a statement on Twitter announcing a comeback under their new banner.

“When we called our band Slaves, it was just meant as a nod to the daily grind. As younger men, we reacted to criticism of the name out of fear and defensiveness,” they wrote.

“[…] However, we now realize that our original intention does not alter the fact that the Slaves name is an issue. In today’s world, we believe it is very important that people change and make improvements, no matter how far behind they are.

“The name no longer represents who we are as people or what our music stands for. We would like to sincerely apologize to anyone we have offended.”

The band concluded, “Our music is for anyone and everyone.”

The Tunbridge Wells duo have released their debut album Are you satisfied? in June 2015, which was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize that year.

Her most recent record, a four-track EP, is titled The velvet ditch released in July 2019.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/slaves-band-name-soft-play-b2242420.html Slaves becomes soft play after punk band admits original name was “a problem”.

JOE HERNANDEZ

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