Gig review: The Slow Readers Club, SKIES, Puppet Rebellion – Oslo, Hackney – 26/11/16

There were 3 awesome bands playing at last night’s sold-out show at Oslo, Hackney, London.

I was particularly looking forward to seeing Puppet Rebellion and The Slow Readers Club as I hadn’t heard of SKIES.


I arrived late, slightly gutted at having missed half of the Puppet Rebellion gig due to an unreliable sat nav! I’ve been following this band for a while now. I interviewed Jim Halliwell last year when they’d just released their EP “Life Is In Your Hands” (if you missed that, catch up here:

The band are releasing a new EP this Friday, “The Pact”. I was happy to catch the tail end of their set last night and enjoyed hearing their new track played live as well as the excellent “The Greatest Lie Ever Told”. This band have a great back catalogue of songs and they always put on an energetic performance. Their brand of power pop/indie is addictive and is at its best in a live setting. I bought a copy of the new EP at the show.



Puppet Rebellion are one of the most promising new bands out there on the indie scene, consistently producing quality music. The new EP contains 4 fantastic tracks. My favourite at the moment is the latest single “The Pact”, which is hauntingly heartbreaking and has the trademark sound of this band, with anthemic and thought-provoking lyrics.

The band will be playing at The Deaf Institute in their hometown, Manchester on Saturday 10th December. Catch them if you can.

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Next up on stage were SKIES. I really enjoyed their set despite never having heard any of their music. They have a powerful sound. Great vocals and atmospheric melodies. They played a half-hour set and all the tracks were performed brilliantly. I particularly liked their song “Monday”.

The band have a couple of shows lined up in December. More information on their Facebook page:

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Photo: Ant Adams Photography

The Slow Readers Club

I am now the proud owner of a “slow readers” badge 🙂 Everyone was given a badge on entering the venue.


I love everything about this band. I first heard about them because they were playing the same stage as Puppet Rebellion at Tramlines earlier this year, and while blogging about Puppet Rebellion I checked out the other bands on the list. The first Slow Readers’ song I heard was “Plant The Seed”. I was instantly hooked.

Oslo in Hackney is quite a small venue. It was a sold out show, so the venue was full by the time The Slow Readers Club took to the stage. This band is so good that they should be playing stadiums. I’m sure they will one day. Their music is reminiscent of the best bands from the ’80s/’90s indie/electronic era and they have lyrics that most people could relate to. The dark brooding quality of the music is balanced with an uplifting vibe that makes the sound addictive. The songs are catchy, memorable, and dancey.

The band played for about an hour, sadly there was a 10 p.m. curfew. I’m sure the crowd would have been happy for the band to play another hour at least. I would have!

The Slow Readers Club have two albums, both of which are excellent. They played most of the songs from their most recent album “Cavalcade”, including “I Saw A Ghost”, “Days Like This Will Break Your Heart”, “Forever In Your Debt”, and “Start Again”. They also played quite a few from their first album including “Block Out The Sun”, “One More Minute”, “Sirens”, and “Feet on Fire”. It was also fantastic to hear some new songs from the band. They played “Through The Shadows” and “Lunatic”. Both of the new songs sounded amazing and I now can’t wait until they release a new album.

Many of the crowd were singing along and dancing to the tracks. It was a great atmosphere. This band have built up a loyal following over the past year. Their fan base is growing and I suspect that they have gained many of their newer fans from their recent tour with James. There were a few people in attendance last night wearing James T-shirts.

The Slow Readers Club will play 3 more dates with James in December. Check out the details on their Facebook page:

This really is a must-see band. You can watch a recording of the band’s live show from the O2 Ritz Manchester (18th November 2016) on Youtube:


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Photo by Billy Seagrave


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