Eric Slater releases new single ‘Following the Blind’


The Los Angeles-based musician known as Eric Slater has released his newest single, “Following the Blind.” The single is Slater’s most significant musical release since his popular song, “Dead Men” hit digital shelves around the world in February, sending ripples throughout the audiophile underground everywhere. Fans of Slater old and new are sure to be delighted with this latest offering, which boasts all the exceptional sonic qualities his following have come to expect from him.

Speaking candidly of the themes of his latest single, Slater writes, “’Following the Blind’ was directly inspired by a short story from a good friend of mine. He shared the idea with me and I wrote the song with the general theme in mind, but putting more of a personal twist on it.”

“Following the Blind” is a parable of timeless proportion and relevance that has many current events at heart. It speaks to everyone alive in today’s chaotic world.

“The song touches on the sheep and the shepherd thing. Everyone thinks they have the answer, yet no one really has much of a clue. Heroes can easily become villains and vice versa. I guess you can say it’s a satire on the absurdity and fickleness of popular opinion.”

Slater cites as main artistic influences a broad array of sounds, including Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Sublime, Wu Tang Clan, Jeff Buckley, and Miles Davis.

Slater’s acoustic solo debut album, “On the Edge of Something More,” was released in 2005. He has contributed his vast talents to various acts, including guitars, songs and vocals to bands such as Martha Davis and the Motels, Bomb Squad, Moflo, Off Limits, Aurora Beckons, Astral Aliens, and Tres Aliens.

“Following the Blind” by Eric Slater is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

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eric@ericslater.com

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http://www.ericslater.com

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Eric Slater releases new single “Dead Men”


Musician Eric Slater has released his newest single, “Dead Men.” The track is an introspective, triumphant, yet darkly bleak rock waltz that plays on mortality for its theme. It is the first published single for Slater as a solo artist since his 2007 LP release, “Redemption & Disorder,” the light and airy nature of which shares few characteristics with the lurking and sinister, “Dead Men,” except that both are quality works of music from the same artist. In many respects, though, “Dead Men” is the superior result.

Slater’s guitaring, though he is capable of playing in a wide variety of styles, is slowly strummed for this track in a black and blue tone that contains goth and punk-rock tendencies, reminiscent of Nick Cave’s work, or of TSOL’s mellower side (“Weathered Statues,” for instance). The song is crooned out by Slater in an intimate, cracking voice that sounds like a shadowy and more masculine Neil Young with a tinge of David Bowie, like the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, although more mid-west American in the delivery.

It is to the track’s benefit that Slater’s vocals are way out front in the single’s mix, too, because his performance is a studied, yet natural perfection, showcased plainly here where he can be enjoyed without too much ornamentation to get in the way. The real show-stopper, though, is almost certainly Slater’s songwriting. His lyrics are poetic, precise, and use a mixture of repetition and creative phrasing that keeps the narrative of “Dead Men” interesting from turn to turn; however, it is important to note that the vocals and instrumentation, together with a groove that tit-tat’s along like the wheels of a carriage on cobblestones, are more than enough to keep a music fan’s interest alone.

“Dead Men” represents the culmination of Slater’s last six years spent meticulously honing his talents as a solo performer, and if the music world has much more of this to look forward to from him, then the sooner his next full-length is ready for distribution, the better off it will be for music listeners everywhere.

Eric Slater’s “Dead Men” is available everywhere beginning 16 February 2013.

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

eMail –

eric@ericslater.com

Website –

http://www.ericslater.com

 

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