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The Slow Readers Club is a band from Manchester, England, originally formed as Omerta in 2003. The members are Aaron Starkie on vocals, Kurtis Starkie on guitar, James Ryan on bass, and David Whitworth on drums.

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2 Nov, 2018

On The TV single release

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The band releases On The TV, from Build A Tower, as a single. Aaron:

On The TV is a song about feeling a sense of discomfort, disassociation and extreme anxiety at the state of the modern world. It’s a scream against everything from caged kids at the Mexican border to the rise of nationalism in the UK and US. In the verses I seek solace in family and ask my parents for guidance. It also has a great riff.

22 Sep, 2018

Reeperban Festival

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The band perform at the Reeperban Festival in Hamburg.

18 Sep, 2018

Manchester Food & Drink Festival acoustic set announcement

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The band announces they will be performing their new EP in full on the City Life Manchester stage at the Manchester Food & Drink Festival on 4th Oct, Albert Square, 8pm.

15 Sep, 2018

Sell out Manchester Apollo

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The band announces it has sold out all 3500 seats of Manchester’s Apollo theatre.

14 Sep, 2018

Head For The Hills Festival

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The band headline the Head For The Hills festival in Ramsbottom.

For All Here To Observe

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The band releases an acoustic EP containing songs from their first three albums: Block Out The Sun, I Saw A Ghost, Forever In Your Debt, Supernatural, On The TV, and Lunatic. The album was produced by Phil Bullyment.

10 Sep, 2018

On The TV (acoustic version)

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The band releases an acoustic version of On The TV, from the acoustic EP, For All Here To Observe.

The Slow Readers Club - On The TV (acoustic)

The Manc Meets interview

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Aaron and James are interviewed by The Manc, for The Manc Meets interview series. On the Manchester scene:

AS: It’s good. In the early days it was tough, because there’s a big shadow you have to operate under. But now, with bands like The Blossoms, Cabbage and ourselves, breaking through and doing decent sized shows, there’s something happening again in the city.

JR: There’s loads of venues opening up now…The music scene’s good, but starting out, back in the day, sometimes it was hard to get away from that big, old Madchester scene. If you’re from Manchester because people will automatically think, “I’ll compare them to a Manchester band”.

9 Sep, 2018

MCR Live interview

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Aaron and Kurt are interviewed for MCR Live about their upcoming acoustic album, For All Here To Observe. Aaron:

We’ve done a few radio sessions and acoustic stuff, as well as supporting James at Albert Hall at the end of last year. We figured we’d just get it recorded.


When we’ve done radio sessions before, me and Aaron normally turn up with an acoustic guitar and now and then we’ve had Jim on acoustic bass so we decided to mic up the drums and use brushes. It really gave the whole thing a different texture.

30 Aug, 2018

Supernatural (acoustic version)

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As promotion for For All Here To Observe, their upcoming acoustic EP, the band releases a video of them recording Supernatural.

The Slow Readers Club - Supernatural (acoustic)

18 Aug, 2018

Beautiful Days Festival

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The band play the Beautiful Days Festival in Escot Park, Devon.

Beautiful Days Festival - The Slow Readers Club Vlog

28 Jul, 2018

Live: Kendall Calling

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The band perform live at the Kendall Calling festival.

26 Jul, 2018

Radio X session and interview

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The band records a three-tracks live session for Radio X [Link to Session], including LunaticSupernatural, You Opened Up My Heart, and I Saw A Ghost. In an interview, Aaron talks to Kennedy about the band’s progress.

We’ve got a strong commitment to memorable melodies…We’re ‘all killer no filler’…I spent a lot of time when we first started out, trying to sound more like everybody else, trying to sound more indy. But I’ve got a reasonable range and as I’ve developed and become more confident in what I’m doing it’s become more honest and truthful. It seems to be working.

23 Jul, 2018

Supernatural music video

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The band release the music video for Supernatural, from their album Build a Tower. The video was directed by Croftwerk.

21 Jul, 2018

Supernatural (Radio Edit)

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The band releases  a radio mix of Supernatural, from their album Build A Tower. The single is produced by Turvey, and receives its first radio play on Chris Hawkin’s BBC Radio 6 Music show.

29 Jun, 2018

Manchester Evening News article

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The band are profiled in Manchester Evening News. Aaron talks about playing Manchester’s Apollo on their upcoming tour:

It’s a venue we’ve always wanted to play. There’s something special about the Apollo. There aren’t many places bigger in Manchester. Except the
arena – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

On their rising profile:

When you hear the likes of James, The Charlatans, and Clint Boon talking about you in positive terms, to get their
backing, it’s awesome. It makes it all worthwhile when you’re playing the Roadhouse to 20 people and you think maybe you’re mad for sticking with it…It feels a bit mad to be
honest. This is always the nervy bit. Just as tickets are about to go an sale and you wonder if you’re going to get that extra boost. It’s squeaky bum time. But we’re just going to enjoy it…We’re just so grateful to [our fans]. They’ve really driven it. They’ve dragged their mates along to shows or shouted about us on the internet. This gig is as much about them as it is us.

27 Jun, 2018

Announces five-date tour

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The band announces a five-day headline tour of the UK and Ireland.

Friday, October 12 – Belfast – Belfast Limelight 2
Saturday, October 13 – Dublin – Button Factory
Saturday, December 8 – Glasgow – Glasgow School of Art
Tuesday, December 11 – London – London Scala
Friday, December 14 – Manchester – Manchester o2 Apollo

25 Jun, 2018

Manchester Music Cup semi-finalists

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The band reaches the semi-finals of the Manchester Music Cup, a knockout voting contest, hosted by XS Manchester. After beating Joy Division and The Charlatans, the band is knocked out by James, who are beaten by Oasis in the final.

26 May, 2018

Live: The Sugarmill, Stoke

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The band plays the final date of their Build A Tower tour at The Sugarmill, Stoke.