Liverpool Arts Club, Saturday March 25th, 2017
We last saw Manchester’s The Slow Readers Club at their massive hometown show at the O2 Ritz in November 2016, and now they are embarking on their biggest UK tour to date, building on the attention thrown their way since playing dates with James last year.
First up though are Folkestone two-piece SKIES whose mix of electro-punk, emo, and rock win over a fair few new fans. A likeable duo, their sound is augmented by pre-recorded synths, but the energy the guitar and drums keeps the interest and suitably warms the growing crowd.
The Arts Club is one of the bigger venues on this current tour for The Slow Readers Club and while it’s not sold out, it’s not far off it. Not that it matters to the band. They take the stage beaming and genuinely delighted to be playing their music to an audience. The band comes across as sincerely honoured that people have turned up in their numbers, even stating that the last time they played the town on their own was at The Magnet for about 40 people. The success they’ve received so far doesn’t appear to be going to their heads as they tear through an all too short but sweet set of tracks from their two studio albums, plus the two new tracks debuted at the shows before Christmas. Thanks to the live streaming (and subsequent replays) of the Ritz show, many of the fans already know the words to both these tracks and they are welcomed like familiar classics. Every song in the set, which included tracks such as Start Again, Sirens, and I Saw a Ghost, is met with a sea of bouncing bodies, stomping feet, and smiling faces singing along. The warmth from the crowd spurring the band members to exchange sheepish smiles to each other as if in disbelief.
While it’s a shorter set than the Ritz show, the energy and performance sends the crowd home happy and desperate for the next meeting of the ‘Club’. If the band’s ascent continues at the pace that it currently is, there will be many more people joining and renewing their membership.
The Slow Readers Club spring tour continues: London The Borderline – April 11th (Sold Out), Sheffield Plug – April 29th, Newcastle Think Tank – May 13th, Leeds Belgrave – May 19th (Sold Out). The band also plays Dot to Dot Festival in Manchester (May 26th), Bristol (May 27th), and Nottingham (May 28th).
The Slow Readers Club setlist: Fool For Your Philosophy/Sirens/One More Minute/Lunatic/Start Again/Days Like This Will Break Your Heart/Don’t Mind/Lost Boys/Plant The Seed/Through The Shadows/Feet On Fire/Forever In Your Debt/Cavalcade/I Saw A Ghost/Know The Day Will Come.