A latter-day Victorian street-theatre barker with a guitar promising tales of mystery, imagination, horrible murders and bloody great waving tentacles is how Tom Slatter has been described. Since 2010 he has been scaring audiences with five albums and numerous EPs of storytelling songs. Now he have relased his new album Demon. That album following on from his highly acclaimed Happy People album, and the Murder And Parliament instrumental project, slatter returns with his most personal album yet, heavily influenced by indie rock albums of the mid 90’s. There are contributions from Storm Gareth Cole, drummer Michael Cairns, Slatter’s sister Rebecca Haynes on bassoon and The Barley Singers. The acoustic title track Demon,
In Slatter’s own words: «Demon developed from an idea I had into a record about my life, without having any personal lyrics. It’s more a collection of songs rather than having a concept like Happy People». «My first go at a Facebook live says Slatter. Went all right for a first go! I have accidentally left it reversed, so I look left handed».
«I suppose it had to happen sooner or later, says long-suffering BEM label manager David Elliott. Eventually I got fed up with Tom’s wheedling and whining and agreed to release Demon. Fortunately, it’s excellent».
English composer, singer and songwriter Tom Slatter is based out of London, and besides being perhaps a bit more interested in steampunk than the average Englishman he’s also been a member of various bands over the years. In 2009 he decided that it was time to establish himself as a solo artist, and have received praise and acclaim from fellow steampunkers and progressive rock fans in the know alike.