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Specialising in a dark and brooding indie electro that has drawn comparisons with Interpol, The Killers and The National, The Slow Readers Club have already received acclaim from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Peter Hook and Eddy Temple Morris, as well as having supported James on their arena tour, and performed at festivals including Isle Of Wight, Festival No.6 and Kendall Calling.

Build A Tower was recorded close to home at Edwin Street Recording Studios in Bury and produced by Phil Bulleyment (Gaz Coombes, Dutch Uncles). It will be the band’s third album, and their first with Modern Sky, following the release of their eponymous debut (2011) and Cavalcade (2015), both of which were released independently.

The band said of the release: “We’re really proud of the record as we’ve learned a lot since our last, self-released, album. ‘Build A Tower’ feels like a big step up. Even though fans have heard a couple of the tracks played on the last tour, there’s a lot we’ve been holding back until they had the album in their hands, so we’re also looking forward to getting out and playing live. We're excited to see what people make of our new music.”

In summer 2017 the band recorded a six-song set of stripped down songs at Portmeirion Town Hall, accompanied by strings arranged and conducted by Festival No.6 composer-in-residence Joe Duddell (New Order / Elbow / Daughter / James). A limited edition Live At Festival No.6 album, featuring all the songs performed on the night, will be available with certain initial pre-order bundles from the band’s webstore.

The Slow Readers Club are Aaron Starkie (vocals), Kurtis Starkie (guitar and vocals), James Ryan (bass) and David Whitworth (drums).

The band have built up a loyal fanbase from their previous releases and extensive touring, culminating recently with sold out shows including Manchester’s 2000 capacity Albert Hall, as well as The Garage and The Borderline in London. Already confirmed for Liverpool Sound City, Stag and Dagger Festival and Kendall Calling, 2018 is shaping up to be the year that catapults the band into the limelight.

The Slow Readers Club will be completing an extensive UK tour in support of Build A Tower running throughout April and May this year. The band will play a their headline London show at Islington Assembly Hall on May 25th. Full tour dates for The Slow Readers Club can be found below.



26th – Cardiff, Globe

27th – Southampton, Engine Rooms

28th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club


4th – Manchester, Cathedral

5th – Liverpool, Sound City Festival

6th – Glasgow, Stag & Dagger Festival

10th – Newcastle, Riverside

11th – Hull, The Welly

12th – Nottingham, Rock City

17th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

18th – Norwich, Arts Centre

19th – Northwich, Library (The Charlatans Northwich homecoming)

25th – London, Islington Assembly Hall

26th – Stoke, Sugarmill

Tickets are available here.