Now I have to admit, this song grabbed me by the throat, lifted me up, shook me around and dumped me back down just over two minutes later.
Best described as good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll but with a mega punk twist, Apprentice To Life is the new track by London-based Slender Pins, and it doesn’t hang around.
The song was produced by Mat Lomas at Goldsmiths just days before the UK COVID-19 lockdown was announced. Impressively, it was recorded in just a couple of hours, and the raw energy and urgency comes across big time.
Surprisingly, the inspiration for the track came when guitarist Alex Sword was reading a Soviet propaganda book. One of the chapters was entitled Apprentice To Life. “It evoked the mindset of a disenfranchised millennial with a prematurely jaded outlook, who finds it hard to see why the world as it stands should be engaged with anything other than flippancy”. Sentiments indeed for our time.
The band have already headlined the Windmill Brixton on the back of just three previous home-produced demos Where’s the Money, Not Long Now, and Rough. Their shows have been described as organised chaos, and I can’t wait to see them perform live once gigs are back up and running. The future’s bright for Slender Pins.