Friday night two weeks ago marked the debut (and long-awaited) Southampton appearance from Manchester based, up and coming post-punk band The Slow Readers Club. As a band who’ve played their fair-share of Victorious Festival slots over the past few years, the band played their well-deserved Southampton show to a packed out Engine Rooms.
Support on the evening came from a Kent based band Skies. I’d heard very good things about Skies prior to seeing them supporting The Slow Readers Club but I didn’t know anything about the band. Skies are a duo who make alt-rock/emo music, something I personally am not really into. This aside, Skies performance was fun, upbeat and involving with the duo making enough noise for one to assume (had they not been watching) that there were more members in the band. I couldn’t get into it, but if chirpy alt-rock is your thing then I’m pretty sure you’ll like these two as they do actually bring something new to the table.
The Slow Readers Club opened their show with the peculiar choice of ‘Lunatic’, a new track and a huge favourite from last year but it certainly opened the gig with a bang. This marked the first of many new tracks taken from the bands latest album with each and every offering fitting perfectly in with tracks from their previous album’s. Not forgetting fan favourites such as ‘Plant The Seed’ and ‘Block Out The Sun’ dominating their main set before finishing up on ‘I Saw A Ghost’. Following a brief break which was filled with familiar, eager shouts of “Readers! Readers!” the band returned with a three song encore launching into ‘Cavalcade’, new favourite ‘You Opened Up My Heart’ and ‘Forever In Your Debt’ to finish the show up.
The band are now mid-tour and have just secured number 18 in the UK album’s chart with their third studio album ‘Build A Tower’. If this is anything to go by and the reaction to their current shows, they’ll certainly not be playing venues this size for much longer.