Gig review: The Slow Readers Club – The Borderline – London 11/4/17

The Slow Readers Club are one of my favourite bands. They have two outstanding albums: the self-titled debut, and “Cavalcade”.

The band’s bio describes their music as “indie electro doom pop” πŸ™‚ That’s a good description. I can hear influences in their sound from the greats of the ’80s, and they have brought back that musical genre and made it their own. The Slow Readers Club’s lyrics are always thoughtful and profound; they write about common struggles that everyone can relate to. They are reaching a wider audience with every tour and because of the addictive sound of their music and its power to resonate with so many people from all walks of life, they are selling out venues all over the country.

When I first saw them play last year at Birthdays, they were about to set out on tour with James. That tour gave them the chance to play in front of more people, and their fanbase is now steadily growing. I have high hopes for The Slow Readers Club and expect to see them filling arenas in the not too distant future.

I am not quite sure what it is about this band, but they have something special. Seeing them live is always an uplifting experience. You can’t help singing and dancing along to the music and getting lost in the mesmerising atmosphere. Last night’s sold-out gig at the Borderline was the third time I’ve seen the band live, and every time they’ve played their songs to perfection. Last night, they looked even more comfortable on the stage and more confident in their performance, which may have something to do with the fact that they have now had the chance to play in front of some much larger crowds. It was an awe inspiring performance.

The Slow Readers Club songs are not easy to sing (believe me, I try πŸ™‚ ) but Aaron Starkie’s voice is so powerful and has such a range that he easily sails through them.Β  His voice is one of the best in the business at the moment.

One of the things I love about this band’s live performances is that it’s all about the music; they play each song, one after the other with little or no introduction, and they’re very professional in their approach.

One lucky fan got a signed copy of the set list from last night’s gig. I found this on Twitter:

As well as playing songs from their albums, The Slow Readers Club played two new songs, “Lunatic” and “Through the Shadows”. They’d also played those at their gig in Oslo Hackney at the end of last year. The new songs sounded brilliant and I know the band are in the studio working on a new album at present, so am very much looking forward to hearing that.

Here’s a photo I took last night, attempting to take an arty shot when the lights looked nice πŸ™‚

I didn’t have the camera out much, though, as I was too busy singing along πŸ™‚

There are still a few dates left on the tour, so grab some tickets (if there are any left!). Upcoming tour dates can be found on the band’s website. They’re also playing the Isle of Wight Festival and the Dot to Dot Festival.

Follow The Slow Readers Club:

Website: http://www.theslowreadersclub.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theslowreadersclub

Twitter: https://twitter.com/slowreadersclub

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theslowreadersclub/

 

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