Held every third Saturday in April is Record Store Day (taking place on Saturday 16th April this year). Physical formats are very important to us, and with RSD approaching, we wanted to properly celebrate the all mighty vinyl record. So in the lead up, we decided to catch up with a few of our favourite bands to discuss their cherished memories with the medium, their opinion on RSD, and the RSD release that they’re most excited about. Today’s band in focus is The Slow Readers Club.
Written by guitarist/vocalist, Kurtis Starkie.
My first real memory or experience of vinyl was a toy record player that had a few coloured discs of things like ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, basically all the big nursery rhyme hits. I then moved on to the real thing with Michael Jackson a few years later. I recall my Dad getting me the ‘Off The Wall’ LP from a car boot sale, well he bought it for himself and I pretty much claimed it because I became a tad obsessed with Jako for a number of years. It is still one of my favourite albums to this day.
I’ve had a good look through the Record Store Day releases for 2016 but the first thing I did was check how Bowie would feature following the very sad news earlier this year. Out of all the releases I browsed through though the one that stood out to me was the Alan Partridge ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ record. I’ve only ever really consumed my comedy via the TV or live, but Alan Partridge is one of my favourite comedy characters and it will be really interesting to experience it this way and it’ll be great to have this one on vinyl.
The great thing about Record Store Day is that it encourages people to be imaginative and do releases that they may not otherwise do, that might be EP’s of new material or just LTD editions small runs of existing releases. It’s also an interesting reminder that despite there being many different ways to hear music these days so many people seem to have a soft spot for vinyl. As an unsigned artist it’s a big deal to do a vinyl release, the opportunity to present your music and artwork on this format is a special thing and pressing a LTD edition run of our last album was something I was really proud of.
For more on Record Store Day, visit their website here.