Slaves Tap Former ‘The Voice’ Contestant As New Frontman, Debut “Heavier”


Slaves have welcomed Matt McAndrew of NBC‘s ‘The Voice‘ fame as their new frontman. His addition follows the removal of former Slaves frontman Jonny Craig earlier this year after further struggles with Craig‘s addiction issues. A music video directed by Orie McGuiness (New Years Day, Wage War) for the band’s new single “Heavier” has been shared below with a new full-length album to follow later in the year.

McAndrew commented of this new single:

“To me, ‘Heavier‘ is about being trapped in a thought loop of worry, paranoia, and ultimately shame. I have a hard time letting my demons go and when they start affecting relationships, I really feel down on myself. It’s like a physical weight. I never thought I’d be in another band.

After all, being solo offers complete artistic control and freedom. It’s only now that I’ve realized how lonely I’ve been by myself. Working with such a tight knit group is a blast, and meeting other bands that show such love for each other makes me feel accepted in a way that I haven’t experienced before.”

The band’s drummer Zack Baker added:

“Our new single came together so quickly. We all collaborate extremely well with each other and we feel that is represented in this new track. The song itself has a dark lyrical vibe encompassing everything Slaves has been about since our debut. Having Matt around has been a great time; he meshed well with us from the first day we met him. His extensive song writing background as well as his all-around musical knowledge have been a huge asset in the studio. I know we’re all excited for this new chapter of Slaves.”

McAndrew was a runner-up on season 7 of ‘The Voice‘, appearing as a part of Adam Levine‘s team. In other news, the band have announced this benefit shirt which will raise funds for non-profit charities dedicated to those fighting addiction.

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