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Tom Slatter unlocks the Lab

Tom Slatter has launched a video for his track Some Of The Creatures Have Broken The Locks On The Door To Lab 558.

It’s taken from upcoming album Fit The Fourth, to be released via Bad Elephant on June 1.

Slatter describes his work as “the sort of music you’d get if Genesis started writing songs with Nick Cave after watching too much Dr Who.”

The label say: “Tom weaves complex and fantastical stories throughout his music – and this new album is no different.

“Dark deeds and dangerous characters litter the narrative, including the continuing tale of Seven Bells John and the vivid steampunk world he inhabits.

“The character, who’s been interwoven since debut album Spinning The Compass, comes full circle in Fit The Fourth, with his eventual fate revealed in 20-­minute epic Seven Bells Redeemed.”

Multi-instrumentalist Slatter was assisted by bassist John Brown on two songs, with illustrations by Joe Slatter. The album is available for preorder in CD and digital formats.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.