For every epic theme song to kids’ TV shows like The Hurricanes, Animals of Farthing Wood, The Raccoons and The Moomins, there’s a whole host of absolute dross teaching the next generation bad musical habits. And this is an issue that’s not been lost on Slay Duggee, who’ve come up with a game-changing concept of ‘metal for toddlers.’
Imagine heavy, shouty, fast-paced metal about shapes, sticks, lions and cartoons, and you’re pretty much there. So when it comes to niche musical genres, this is probably about as niche as it gets, and as Ricky Bow Wow explains: “I think there’s a demand for something alternative for kids. Popular music today is pretty crap, and people with heavier tastes aren’t really catered for.
“People should expect better versions of the ear worms they hear on a daily basis. We’re taking classic (and not so classic) kids’ TV theme songs and giving them a harder edge, making them bearable.”
While Black Shuck explains there’s a more educational element to the Slay Duggee offering as well, as he tells us: “Kids in nurseries and schools aren’t getting the proper musical education. Its all old stuff without amps. Tchaikovsky never had a circle pit at one of his gigs. Slay Duggee can be the gateway for the children of the world into decent music, metal. We’re not watering the metal sound down either. This is hardcore metal for kids. We’ve taken the corner protectors off and they’re staying off.”
Our latest taster of this niche style is the new single The Stick Song, which is essentially heavy metal riffs and repeats of the word “Stick” with a slight variation to “Sticky, sticky, stick.” It’s simple, heavy and strangely addictive. Check it out in the video below:
While previous releases include a heavy metal version of Everything Is Awesome from The LEGO Movie, which features guest contributors James Monteith from TesseracT as well as Scorpion and John Goblikon from Nekrogoblikon, as well as the Go Jetters theme song and an awesome metal version of Sarah and Duck, which you can check out below.
The band have launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise the money required to record their debut album. There are some lucrative and unique prizes available, ranging from biscuits, through to a small or big stick, as well as albums, t-shirts and a chance to be a guest vocalist and even join the band for a cool £2,000.
As Black Shuck explains: “It’s worth backing us just for the rewards. Where else can you buy a slap up meal at Rainforest Cafe with a children’s metal band? Seeing the demand for our album and merch in the first 24 hours of the Kickstarter is great. It lets us know we should carry on making music and push our campaign for a Download 2019 slot!”
Slay Duggee is fun and inoffensive, and obviously very different to the normal dross kids’ TV songs we hear on a daily basis. As Ricky says: “We’re doing this for fun. Please don’t be rude to us in YouTube comments or tweets, it sours it. Let’s all just enjoy it whilst it lasts. Back our Kickstarter… You can get a biscuit.”
And Ricky adds: “As soon as the Kickstarter is backed, we’ll be putting pedal to the metal to get the songs mixed and mastered and ready to be pressed, as well as organising distribution. We’re aiming for an early August release though. All the backers will receive their copies as soon as they’re ready.”