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Slaves, a new Sacramento-based band formed by vocalist Jonny Craig (ex-Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa) and Alex Lyman of Hearts and Hands, is releasing their debut album, Through Art We Are All Equals, via Artery Recordings on June 24, 2014. The album, produced by Kris Crummett, is 11 tracks total and features guest vocals from Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil, Kyle Lucas, Tyler Carter of the band Issues and Jonny’s sister, Natalie Craig. Lyman wrote the record and recorded all the instruments, but he and Craig have put together a heavy-hitting, well-seasoned full band featuring drummer Tai Wright of Four Letter Lie and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, bassist Jason Mays from Of Machines, and guitarist Christopher Kim, also of Hearts and Hands. We here at Submerge have been keyed in on Slaves for a couple months now, getting early previews of the full album and updates from their management, and we’re stoked for the public to finally hear the epic rock album we’ve come to love. Slaves will play their hometown album release show on Friday, June 20 at Assembly with openers Kyle Lucas, Cemetery Sun, Wrings, Altessa, Overwatch and Imagine This. To hear some tracks off the new album and to learn more about this new group, visit, follow @slavesofficial on Twitter or hit up To snag advance tickets ($13) to their Sacramento release show, visit

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