Slaughter & The Dogs have announced a new record deal with Cleopatra Records and plan on releasing a new album Vicious in just a few weeks on September 16th. They also will be playing a handful of UK dates in the beginning of 2017 as well. You’ll be able to pre-order the new album at iTunes or at Cleopatra.
An incendiary new album, “Vicious” is set for release on 16 September, carrying all the hallmarks of Manchester’s finest and the best writing Wayne Barrett and Mick Rossi have produced for many years; Killer guitars, huge choruses and street anthems raise the bar and defy any pre-conceptions some may have of a band entering its fifth decade. There’s a vitality, urgency and an edge here from a band with unfinished business… who mean business!
“Vicious” has a pedigree rooted firmly in the band’s own history and their influences, with plenty to excite existing fans, but the album also breaks new ground sonically and is sure to bring in a whole new audience. 11 new songs and, arguably, the best cover of T-Rex’s “Get It On (Bang A Gong)” since the original, were recorded back in February in Los Angeles between two legs of the bands most recent US Tour and mixed prior to Japanese dates in early Spring.
While the band have been an active force in the studio and in concert globally for the last 20 years, with J.P. Thollet (Bass) and the recently and tragically departed, Noel Kay (Drums), helping to forge the band’s fearsome reputation as live act, Mick Rossi and Wayne Barrett felt it appropriate to bring together the first ‘Slaughter & The Dogs’ line up for two shows to mark the bands formation in mid-70’s Wythenshawe. Zip Bates and Brian ‘Mad Muffet’ Grantham joined the band for an exclusive Manchester date, promoted by long time associate and close friend, Moz Murray and recorded for posterity as the ‘Back to the Start’ DVD, before this line up’s final bow as a headline act at Rebellion 2016 in Blackpool.
That done, Mick and Wayne are itching to get out there and promote the new record. Fans won’t have to wait too long after the release of “Vicious”, with 2017 dates already announced for the UK next February:
Fri 10 Feb 100 Club, London
Sat 11 Feb 100 Club, London
Sun 12 Feb Academy, Manchester
More dates to follow for Europe and North America, with one eye firmly on potential South American shows.