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The Slow Readers Club

10/25/2012

The Slow Readers Club’s eponymous debut album combines a sun kissed anthemic indie sound with pounding rhythms and often dark and introspective lyrics. Whilst the lyrics draw on themes of ageing, broken dreams, and love and loss the music is frequently colourful and upbeat and draws on several different genres.

The Mancunian four piece have attracted comparisons with the likes of Editors, The Killers, Interpol and Doves and it’s not difficult to see why. I first became aware of them when I saw them play a free gig in Manchester in January and they were excellent. The album was released in May to widespread critical acclaim from the likes of the NME and BBC 6 Music.

The opener One Chance builds slowly but the brilliantly catchy One More Minute picks up the pace and Sirens and Feet on Fire display a Killers-style electro sound. The latter was released with a video complete with Lego figures posing as band members. You might have heard it already on Sky TV’s football coverage.

Frozen is perhaps the stand out track with an epic feel; “walked for ten long years and the journey’s incomplete”. The album closes with the gentler, acoustic sound of Stop Wasting My Time.

This is an accomplished debut that hints at more to come. The Slow Readers Club are definitely a band to keep an eye on.

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