SOFT PLAY are the British punk duo made up of Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman. After being on hiatus for several years, the band, formerly known as SLAVES, have reignited their partnership under a new moniker, and have been back on the road with The Prodigy marking the band’s much anticipated return to the live arena.
Instead of shying away from discourse following the decision to change their name, latest single ‘Punk’s Dead’ see’s the band remould the real life criticism and commentary into a Comments Section frankenstein of pure lyrical mastery. Braced by a cast of friends and fans who contribute vocals to the track’s bridge (including one particularly notable guest), the playful return of serve arrives as a timely reminder of the spirit of humour, joy and community which has always been the cornerstone of the duo’s identity.
Across three UK top ten charting albums, taking root from their 2015 Mercury Prize nominated debut, the duo quickly established themselves as an influential force in the British rock landscape. Their distinctive, unapologetic approach to the genre and kinetic live performances have fortified the band’s avid global fanbase, earning them widespread critical acclaim and coveted festival slots. Along the way, they’ve won the hearts of The Streets’ Mike Skinner, the Beastie Boys Mike D, won multiple NME Awards, had Skepta join them on stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and toured with The Prodigy, Kasabian, Jamie T and Wolf Alice.