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Fat Dog release debut single, ‘King of the Slugs’

The Londoners have also announced UK tour dates for this Autumn

By Joe Goggins

Fat Dog press shot, 2023
Fat Dog hit the road in October. (Photo: Dylan Coates)

Fat Dog have released their debut single, ‘King of the Slugs’, and an accompanying video – you can watch it below.

For the hotly-tipped south London upstarts, the track marks their first release since signing with Domino. The flamboyant outfit, led by frontman Joe Love, have carved out a reputation as an incendiary live act over the course of support slots to Viagra Boys, Shame and Yard Act, and now make their first foray with ‘King of the Slugs’, an lurid seven-minute odyssey that encompasses both moody post-punk and ravey synths.

In typically enigmatic fashion, the single’s press release does not offer any comment from the band beyond: “It’s Fat Dog baby.” The track was co-produced by Love and long-time Arctic Monkeys collaborator James Ford, and its unsettling music video was directed by Dylan Coates. The song will be released on 12-inch vinyl on October 20, with an instrumental version of the same song on the B-side.

Additionally, Fat Dog have announced further UK tour dates, having previously sold out two London shows, at Corsica Studios in London last November and, tonight (August 21), at the Windmill in Brixton. The extensive Autumn jaunt will kick off in early October with their biggest headline gig to date, at Scala in London, before they head to Bristol, Sheffield, Birkenhead, Leeds, Newcastle, Southampton, Guilford, Birmingham, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Nottingham, Glasgow and Salford. You can find the full details below.

Before that, they will play a number of festival shows this month and next to close out the summer, including at Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend, where they’ll appear on the Festival Republic stage.

Fat Dog, October 2023:

3 – London, Scala

11 – Bristol, Strange Brew

12 – Sheffield, Yellow Arch Studios

13 – Birkenhead, Future Yard

14 – Leeds, Live at Leeds In The City

15 – Newcastle, The Cluny 2

19 – Southampton, Joiners

20 – Guilford, Boileroom

21 – Birmingham, Muther Studios

22 – Cardiff, SWN Festival

31 – Milton Keynes, The Craufurd Arms

November 2023:

2 – Cambridge, Portland Arms

3 – Nottingham, Bodega

4 – Glasgow, Great Western Festival

5 – Salford, The White Hotel