The Slow Showhave both a magisterial beauty to their songs and the confidence to let their spellbinding stories find their mark. Rarely since The Blue Nile has a band created such a powerful, fully realised world from what initially appears such a minimal framework.
On 18thDecember 2018 the band will play their first show in over a year at Manchester’s prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre, an evening that promises a triumphant return, featuring much of the new material the band have been working since 2016’s ‘Dream Darling’. The band promise that this is the beginning of a new chapter, with exciting news to come very soon including details of a new release.
Having toured in Germany and Switzerland almost immediately after the band formed in 2010, The Slow Show are a major cult concern and festival regulars in mainland Europe. “We learned to be a band in Europe,” recalls Goodwin. “The crowds there immediately listened to us so intently. They were very quiet, which might not have happened if we’d dropped into a club at home in Manchester on a Thursday night to play. When you’re playing such intricate, slow songs, you need the audience’s attention.”
2015’s debut album ‘White Water’ was a more aggressive, angry affair, topped off by Goodwin’s mordant baritone vocals. It’s a startling rumble that bears comparison to Leonard Cohen and Mark Lanegan but, on second album ‘Dream Darling’, Goodwin had honed his vocal range to become a compelling storyteller.
As ‘Dream Darling’s’ producers, Kindt and Goodwin had intense discussions over just how sparse the album should sound. “The idea for how our songs should sound is the same, but the methods of getting there differ,” says Goodwin. “We’ll push songs too far with orchestration, then reign it back. We’ll often argue about things the listener wouldn’t notice, like whether a tiny cymbal sound is too loud. But the minute we get on perfectly would be a bad time, as we have these three-day debates because we care so much. We’re always aware of not using sound for the sake of it.” Having experimented with orchestration on White Water, the band were determined to push the classical influences further this time, recording with a choir in Berlin and letting them carry the vocals in places – most notably the soaring instrumental finale ‘Brick’, which is the perfect, tear-jerking climax for the album’s theme of change.
The band have since been hard at work writing new material, some of which will be unveiled at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in December. With a busy 2019 in the making, this next record is set to take The Slow Show to new heights, in the UK and internationally.
The Slow Show are:
Rob Goodwin (vocals, guitar)
Frederik 't Kindt (keyboards)
Joel Byrne-McCullough (lead guitar)
Chris Hough (drums)
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