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Slow Club / October and November 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 11th August 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Shape-shifting Sheffield pop duo Slow Club will play a list of UK tour dates this October and November in support of their new album ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter’. The album’s soulful blues rock vibe takes a page from the book of producer Matthew E. White, who worked with Slow Club’s Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson during its recording process. ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter’ is due out on the 12th of August via Moshi Moshi.  (ICYMI, we’ve already reviewed it right back here.)

Ahead of the autumn tour, Slow Club will play a warm-up show at the Sheffield Picture House Social on the 15th of August at 9 PM. Tickets for the following October and November shows are available now. TGTF’s full coverage of Slow Club is gathered here.

Thursday 20th October 2016 – Brighton Haunt
Friday 21st October 2016 – Bath Moles
Saturday 22nd October 2016 – Leicester Academy
Tuesday 25th October 2016 – Liverpool Magnet
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Newcastle Cluny
Thursday 27th October 2016 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Friday 28th October 2016 – Manchester Band On The Wall
Sunday 30th October 2016 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 31st October – London Village Underground
Tuesday 1st November 2016 – Cardiff Globe
Thursday 3rd November 2016 – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios
Friday 4th November 2016 – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios
Saturday 5th November 2016 – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios

 

Album Review: Slow Club – One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore

 
By on Wednesday, 10th August 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

ONE_DAY_SC_SLEEVECharles Watson and Rebecca Taylor are celebrating their tenth anniversary as Slow Club in 2016. TGTF’s coverage of the joint venture dates back to Slow Club’s early days in 2008, ahead of their debut album release ‘Yeah So’ in 2009. We also covered the pair in live performance around their second LP ‘Paradise’ and their subsequent appearance at SXSW 2012. My own first taste of Slow Club came two summers ago in 2014, with a review of their soulful, slow burning third album ‘Complete Surrender’.

Formerly based in their mutually native Sheffield, Slow Club have parted ways geographically while preparing their new fourth album ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore’. Watson has transitioned to a home in London, while Taylor found herself immersed in the arts community of Margate. Working with such physical distance between them might have made the already challenging task of mingling their rather disparate writing styles even more difficult than on their previous records. Taylor admits that “we weren’t as on the same page about what we wanted this time, we were sort-of blindly going into it”.

The pair attempted to resolve their disconnect by travelling to Richmond, Virginia to work with Southern soul producer Matthew E. White and his house band at Spacebomb Studios. The band’s easy, laid-back groove weaves through the entire album, lending an organic kind of cohesion to what might otherwise have been a jarring back-and-forth between Watson’s mellow detachment and Taylor’s grittier, more intensely personal songs.

Watson’s gentle vocals find a comfortable rapport with the band straight away in the first half of the album. The light, shuffling rhythm and bass groove of his track ‘Where the Light Gets Lost’, are gracefully ornamented with twinkling synth keys and gospel backing vocals, while early single ‘Ancient Rolling Sea’ features a deep, reverberant bass rhythm underpinning the languorous lilt of Watson’s vocal lead. The irony in the lyrics of his mid-album track ‘Tattoo’ (“I hear that guitar music is coming back here any day”) fit rather amusingly into the bright synth-pop bounce of the musical arrangement.

By contrast, Taylor’s vocals feel slightly awkward as she delivers the rapid-fire lines “you can tell me you’re not like this / staring down the pages of the shit you’ve missed / hoping you’ll find a way to change” of country-tinged track ‘In Waves’ (video just below). Her voice is more natural in the vocal acrobatics of the song’s chorus, but her best tracks come later on the album, including the sultry blues of ‘Give Me Some Peace’ and the hypnotic slow ballad ‘The Jinx’. The album ostensibly closes with the piercing guitar melody of ‘Let the Blade Do the Work’, but Taylor’s lead vocal makes a final statement in the eponymous hidden track ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore’.

Though the musical arrangements on ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore’ are deliberately and effectively integrated by the backing of the Spacebomb band, this album does lack the carefree fluidity of ‘Complete Surrender’. After 10 years of collaboration, Taylor and Watson now seem to be working from opposite directions, and while White’s production managed to bring them together here, I could see the pair branching out into solo projects in the near future.

7/10

Slow Club’s fourth LP ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore’ is due out next Friday, the 19th of August, on Moshi Moshi Records. TGTF’s complete previous coverage of Slow Club is right this way.

 

Video of the Moment #2106: Slow Club

 
By on Wednesday, 1st June 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

What’s the latest development out of the Slow Club camp? The Sheffield duo comprised of Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor have been working with American Matthew E. White on their latest album, scheduled for a release in August. Going out to Richmond, Virginia, to White’s Spacebomb Studios to work with the man and his in-house musicians, ‘One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore’ promises to be a marriage made in heaven between the Yorkshire pair and the long-haired, avuncular soul pop Virginian. Proof is in the pudding, so to speak, with first taster ‘Ancient Rolling Sea’, its video described by Watson like this:

I’ve been telling my mates this vid is somewhere between Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place and the Rhinestone Cowboy video. Anyone feeling that? This particular song was a first take in the studio. There was a moment when we all decided that there was no need for a second take, and let me assure you, that has never happened with Slow Club. It felt as though the video needed somehow to mirror that spontaneity.

Watson takes it easy while Taylor bangs away on her drum kit, sometimes absent-mindedly while also looking at her phone. Heh. Have a watch and listen to this spontaneous taster from ‘One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore’ below. The album is due out the 19th of August on Moshi Moshi Records.

 

Slow Club / February 2015 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 12th November 2014 at 8:30 am
 

Sheffield soul-pop duo Slow Club have announced a massive list of live dates for early next year, naturally culminating with a hometown show at Queens Social Club on the 28th of February. Their latest single ‘Everything is New’, from this summer’s ‘Complete Surrender’ album, is due for release on the 17th of November, but editor Mary has already featured it as a Video of the Moment right here this past Monday Tickets for the following shows go on general sale this Friday, the 14th of November, at 9 AM.

TGTF’s previous coverage on Rebecca and Charles is this way.

Thursday 5th February 2015 – Oxford Bullingdon
Friday 6th February 2015 – Norwich Arts Centre
Saturday 7th February 2015 – Colchester Arts Centre
Monday 9th February 2015 – Brighton Dome Studio
Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Bristol Marble Factory
Wednesday 11th February 2015 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 13th February 2015 – York Pocklington Arts Centre
Saturday 14th February 2015 – Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre
Sunday 15th February 2015 – Hebden Bridge Trades
Monday 16th February 2015 – Liverpool Arts Club
Wednesday 18th February 2015 – Dublin Pepper Canister
Thursday 19th February 2015 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Friday 20th February 2015 – Belfast Empire Music Hall
Sunday 22nd February 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 23rd February 2015 – Leeds Wardrobe
Tuesday 24th February 2015 – Leicester Cookie Jar
Thursday 26th February 2015 – Gloucester Guildhall
Friday 27th February 2015 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Saturday 28th February 2015 – Sheffield Queens Social Club

 

Video of the Moment #1673: Slow Club

 
By on Monday, 10th November 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Slow Club‘s newest promo video is for ‘Everything is New’, off of this summer’s ‘Complete Surrender’, their third album. In it, Charles Watson of the duo eats – a lot – in America, so it’s probably best not to watch this on an empty stomach. See the whole video below.

 

Video of the Moment #1587: Slow Club

 
By on Wednesday, 30th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Slow Club released their third album ‘Complete Surrender’ earlier this month; read Carrie’s review of the album here. The next single from the new LP will be ‘The Pieces’, out on the 25th of August on Caroline International. The promo starts out simple enough, showing the exterior of a house in what appears to be on a sleepy street. But then the makeup application begins and…well, watch below and see what happens.

Previous TGTF coverage on the Sheffield duo is right this way.

 
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