The Slow Readers Club are Manchester’s latest rising stars, drawing influences from names such as The Killers and Interpol, they certainly have plenty to offer. Championed by members of Joy Division and New Order, the band have been rustling up a vast amounts of interest. They have recently released their debut self titled album which consists of twelve ridiculously catchy melodic indie tracks.
We caught up with lead singer Aaron Starkie to find out the latest in’s and out’s of one of Manchester’s most promising new bands.
Q – Your music has a really original electro indie feel to it. What bands inspired you to develop this style?
There are tons of bands that have influenced us but Radiohead, The Killers and Interpol probably the most prominent. We started out as a guitar band really, but were always interested in adding things like synths and strings. At the time my Mrs was in a band called Earl and they had been working with a David Luke from a band called My Computer who was a wizard with electro stuff. I picked his brains about what software to get and after a few months we had a new sound and some new tunes.
Q – In a recent edition of The NME, Peter Hook the legendary bassist from Joy Division and New Order gives you a mention, how have these iconic bands influenced you?
Yeah that was fantastic. Both of those bands were amazing in their own way. I would say we have the same darkness in a lot of our tracks as Joy Division and my lyrics quite often share the same world weary view as those of Ian Curtis. New Order obviously pioneered and popularised synth and electro music and had more of a pop sensibility. They made music that will be played and fill dance floors for many years to come. We aim to achieve the same thing.
Q – My favourite track from the bands debut self titled album is probably Feet On Fire. The song instantly makes you want to bounce around. What is the track about?
The song is about growing up and struggling to come to terms with the 9-5 steady existence. Its about a discomfort with routine and a longing for a bit of chaos .
Q – The Slow Readers Club were born from the ashes of your previous band Omerta, why the change?
To cut a long story short, Omerta broke up, Neil (drummer) and Nick (guitarist) left. Me and Jim (bass) carried on, brought my brother Kurt in on guitar and worked with a few different drummers for a few months before Neil came back and The Slow Readers Club was born.
Q – How did you develop the new name?
I always found the notion that in education, kids are assessed at a young age and put into sets is a bit frightening. I remember going from Junior School to Senior School and being shown round all the class rooms. There was one room called ‘Special Needs’ I remember that scaring me, the thought that you might be put in there and that was it. The Slow Readers Club is a version of that, it is supposed to be a two fingers up to the notion that you can ever box people in like that.
Q – It is refreshing to her bands such as yourselves coming out of Manchester, would you say growing up in one of England’s musical capitals inspired you. If so how?
I think the main thing about growing up in Manchester is that it gives you the belief that you can pick up a guitar and just do it, it doesn’t seem like this remote thing that people in London do. That said, those bands cast a long shadow, when people think about Manchester Music, they still think about music from ten to fifteen years ago.
Q -You are a hard working band, playing plenty of intimate gigs would you describe yourselves as more of a live band?
Yeah we love playing live, some tracks have a different energy to how they sound on record. Block Out The Sun is a good example of that. We have had some great gigs this year with our BBC Introducing gig at Ruby Lounge being a highlight. We intend to cool it on gigs for the next few months though so we can get our heads down on album two.
Q – Are you planning on heading out to any festivals next year?
Yeah thats the plan. Would be good to do a few in Europe too.
Q – What’s the best gig you have ever been to?
The Rolling Stones on The 40 Licks Tour at Twickenham. Jagger is a force of nature.
Q – Can you sum up the new album for people who haven’t yet heard it?
Epic dark electro indie, great melodies and great lyrics.
Thanks for your time Aaron, good luck with your upcoming dates.
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