Who are you and where are you from?
We are the Slow Readers Club and we’re all from Manchester and still live dotted around the city. Me and Aaron grew up in Wythenshawe, David in Salford and Jim in Ancoats/Failsworth. All the best bits!
Who are your favourite artists from home?
Manchester has a lot of classic bands that we’d all agree on I’m sure, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Oasis, James, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Elbow etc… My personal favorite would have to be The Smiths.
What’s it really like touring?
We currently tour around day jobs so it can be something of a challenge but it’s always good fun and our fans are really supportive and make the gigs a real event.
What’s your favorite city/town/venue to play?
It’s great to get a good reception outside your home town, we’ve done great gigs all over but we’ve been surprised when we’ve ventured out to places like Dublin and it’s been packed out and a great atmosphere.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
That’s a tough one, If it was existing bands it’d be great to be on a line up with bands like Arcade Fire, The Killers, Interpol, The National.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Selling out our gig at The Albert Hall in November.
What has been the worst moment of the year?
We’ve been pretty fortunate so far, no van breakdowns or cancelled shows so hopefully I’ve not just jinxed us.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
What do you do to relax?
Work on new music.
What are you reading?
I’m in between books right now… a couple of years in between. I should probably make the effort to find a decent book though.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
The best thing I’ve watched lately was Narcos.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
There’s plenty of funny cat videos knocking around but I probably use it more for watching new music videos, is that a bit boring?
What website do you visit most? (discounting email etc)
www.theslowreadersclub.co.uk – Mostly to check when our gigs are, I have a habit of forgetting.
What is your favourite:
The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths.
Lost classic song?
I’m not sure what a lost classic is so pass?
Who is your favourite current artist?
A new artist that you are most excited about?
I’ve not heard much that’s caught my attention of late but happy for any suggestions…
What was the last great gig you have seen?
The Stone Roses in Barcelona, It was special seeing them in a relatively small venue and having missed them the first time round it was great to be able to catch them live.
Can’t think of a particularly bad one, I’ve probably had a few myself though.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Some new music, we always seem to debut new stuff in Ireland for some reason.
The Slow Readers Club play Dublin’s Button Factory on Saturday, 21st October.