Tastemakers: What's BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens listening to this week?

Tastemakers: What's BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens listening to this week?

BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens on Lower Slaughter’s What Big Eyes

"Lower Slaughter are a Brighton band, and Matt Baty from Box Records emailed me a link to the album a couple of months ago. It grabbed me straight away, it’s ferocious, riff-heavy, angry punk, and the singer, Sinead Young, has a really visceral tone to her voice.

"It reminds me of when I first heard Rolo Tomassi, it has that energy about it. Sometimes you just need something like that.

"I knew it would sound good on the show, and you just know they’re going to be good live. Reading and Leeds, Download next year... they’ll be all over it. It’s a real jolt of an album, it really wakes you up.

"They’re a proper independent group, and Matt at the label used to work at Amazing Radio. He knows what it’s like for a DIY punk band.

"This scene is in a good place at the moment, Frank Carter’s recent success with The Rattlesnakes after all those years playing with Gallows is really inspiring.

"The underground punk scene doesn’t always get mainstream attention, but the BBC is a platform for it. I love playing independent artists on my show. Everyone’s got my email pretty much! I get sent lots of great music.

"BBC Introducing in the south has been playing Lower Slaughter, and they’re also playing my regular night at The Social in London on November 14!" 

Huw Stephens, DJ, BBC Radio 1 @HUWSTEPHENS

You can listen to Lower Slaughter's song Bone Meal below:

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