The band plays the final date of their Build A Tower tour at The Sugarmill, Stoke.
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.
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
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.
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.
The band release the music video for Supernatural, from their album Build a Tower. The video was directed by Croftwerk.
The band records a three-tracks live session for Radio X [Link to Session], including Lunatic, Supernatural, 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.
The band perform live at the Kendall Calling festival.
The band release a remix of Supernatural, by Shikari Sound System.
The band play the Beautiful Days Festival in Escot Park, Devon.
As promotion for For All Here To Observe, their upcoming acoustic EP, the band releases a video of them recording Supernatural.
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.
The band releases an acoustic version of On The TV, from the acoustic EP, For All Here To Observe.
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”.
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.
The band headline the Head For The Hills festival in Ramsbottom.
The band announces it has sold out all 3500 seats of Manchester’s Apollo theatre.
We can’t explain how much this means to us, but I’m sure you’ll find out first hand on the night ❤️? pic.twitter.com/wS6I2HtrM0
— THE SLOW READERS CLUB (@slowreadersclub) September 15, 2018
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.
— THE SLOW READERS CLUB (@slowreadersclub) September 18, 2018
The band perform at the Reeperban Festival in Hamburg.
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.