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TRACK OF THE DAY: The Slow Readers Club – ‘Lunatic’

Launching into an Autumn of career-changing highs, Manchester’s The Slow Readers Club open the fall season with new music and the start of their UK tour. Since releasing sophomore record ‘Cavalcade,’ the band has found wider acclaim and can be often seen opening for scene stalwarts the Charlatans and James. Backed by their signature sound, new cut ‘Lunatic’ prowls an insistent confidence.

Capturing the essence of dance rock, the single builds from simple layering into rhythmic pulsations and continues to grow in ambition throughout. Far-scoping vocal hooks and thriving tempo makes sure of the band’s precision for strong melodies and sharp instrumentation, while the lyrics remain as steely as ever. Growing moodier by the minute, the narrative explores the destructive nature of living in a world that we can’t comprehend, visualised through the means of losing one’s mind.

Speaking about the track, frontman Aaron Starkie says: “Its about feeling at odds with the world, especially politically in recent times, to the point where you feel as though you are losing your mind. There’s also reference to how psychiatry has been used to remove political dissidents from society: ‘Hard to find a fit, for I know that I’m a lunatic, Sure in days of old, I’d be chained to the floor.’”

The new single ‘Lunatic’ is out now via Modern Sky – and available on iTunes here.

You can catch the Slow Readers Club on tour at the following dates:

4th November – Academy 2, Birmingham
10th November – The Garage, London
17th November – Thekla, Bristol
23rd November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
24th November – The Albert Hall, Manchester [SOLD OUT]
9th December – King Tuts, Glasgow [SOLD OUT]

Find The Slow Readers Club on Facebook and Twitter.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

5 thoughts on “TRACK OF THE DAY: The Slow Readers Club – ‘Lunatic’

  1. Fantastic band- hypnotic music and haunting lyrics. The American Can wait for their time to explode on the world stage.

  2. First heard of these when I was handed a flyer on the Warwick Road, heading towards a United match in the pissing rain. The flyer was for “Sirens”. It was quickly stuffed into a pocket and forgotten about till the next match. The year was 2011 and having dug it out, I quickly downloaded the album as soon as it was available. I caught them live when they supported James last year. They were excellent live and their booming sound suited the venue. Aaron’s voice held up well and the moodiness of their music caught hold onto the audience. It’s fair to say, they may have well converted some new “Readers” that night. I also caught them again live later on last year and I’m looking forward to their tour that starts soon. It took around 15 seconds to really like Lunatic, and I think alongside Plant the Seed, Fool for my Philosophy, Block out the Sun and I Saw a Ghost, this could really become one of their stand out tunes.

  3. Lunatic best song of the year as voted by XS Manchester beating Liam Gallagher – wall of glass/ Noel Gallagher – holy mountain/ The DMA’S and Kasabian no mean feat for any band. Seen them live in Manchester Albert Hall [sold out] King Tuts in Glasgow [sold out] . Can’t wait for the arrival of the new album out early 2018.

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