A blustery Sunday night is the backdrop to Manchester’s The Slow Readers Club making their first visit to York, but neither the weather or the day have dampened the spirits of the capacity crowd.
The venue is already busy for the support act – Liverpool’s Tea Street Band. Taking to the stage promptly for a Sunday night show, they who warmed up the crowd nicely with a 30-minute set that included the catchy ‘Disco Lights’. They’re on top form, despite this being the final support show for this tour.
The Slow Readers Club kick off with ‘Fool for Your Philosophy’ – the audience have their hands in the air and are singing along to the choruses straightaway.
Over ten years and three studio albums, the band have built a loyal fanbase, and the Top 20 success of last year’s ‘Build A Tower’ has led to this year being their first as a full-time band. This date is one of 48 that takes the band across Britain and Europe, culminating in summer festival performances. Tonight’s set showcased songs from all three albums rather than being dominated by the recent record.
Frontman Aaron Starkie had crisp, clear vocals throughout the 16-song set, and the LED-screen backdrop added some extra sparkle to the show. They have been compared to the likes of The Killers and The Editors, and on this evidence, those bands are worthy peers.
Midway through, Starkie tells the audience that they’ll slow things down for the next song ‘Block Out The Sun’, which turns out to be only slightly slower and seems just as lively as the previous songs.
The set also allowed the opportunity for new material, with ‘The Wait’ feeling already at home in the set-list, rather than being a demo. The positive response demonstrating that for many tonight this is not their first show on this tour.
Highlights were the radio favourite ‘I Saw A Ghost’ and the foot-stomping ‘Feet On Fire’ and the venue has come alive in a way often reserved for York’s own Shed Seven.
The set was encore free and closed with recent single On The TV. A loud and energetic finale leading to question of why this band aren’t bigger. On this evidence, they deserve to be.