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The Slow Readers Club Return With Their Most Anthemic Single To Date

Manchester’s The Slow Readers Club, are back with their latest and most anthemic single yet, ‘Tell No Lies’; a huge synth-driven alternate anthem ready-made in time for the band’s long anticipated – and three times rescheduled – UK Headline tour kicking off on September 25th at the Foundry in Sheffield. The tour was originally penned for Spring 2019 to coincide with the release of the band’s Top 10 album ‘The Joy Of The Return’.

The single, co-produced by Steven Ansell of Blood Red Shoes and the band’s long-term collaborator Phil Bulleyment is accompanied by a brand-new music video featuring Line of Duty star Craig Parkinson aka DI Matthew “Dot” Cottan. Parkinson plays the extravagant faith healer who meets his match when he encounters protagonist and lead singer of the band, Aaron Starkie.

The collaboration with Parkinson came about through an unlikely meeting between BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins and The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess: “I met Craig at Kendal Calling, he was stood talking to Chris Hawkins and Tim Burgess at the time. It was one of those weird things where you feel like you’ve met before, I think Chris saw me trying to figure it out and then pointed out that I would know him from Line of Duty” Starkie recalls.

“We since got chatting on Twitter and he let us know that he was a fan of the band and kindly offered to be in the video. He’s a top bloke, so generous with his time and brought great energy to the shoot.”

‘Tell No Lies’ provides a step forward for the band, a fresh new larger sound, one that is made for a live audience - yet still stays true to a blueprint that has become synonymous with the band’s success to date.

Speaking of the track, Starkie notes: “The song is about music’s ability to transport you somewhere else and take away your anxieties for 3 minutes or so. Lyrically it’s a bit of a conscious departure from our more introspective, existential, doom-laden stuff that we are known for. Feels like the world needs upbeat tunes now, as real life has been bleak enough.”

We can’t wait to get back out there again; we’ve had a taste of it with festivals but it’s our headline shows where we get to see our fans again and share two albums worth of tunes that we’ve released since we were locked down for the first time 20 months or so ago. We are really excited to see how they go down alongside the more familiar tunes in our set.”

UK Tour Dates – 2021:

Sunday, September 19th Trades Club, Hebden Bridge (small show for charity)

Saturday, September 25th Foundry, Sheffield

Sunday, September 26th King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Monday, September 27th Academy, Liverpool

Tuesday, September 28th Beckett University, Leeds

Thursday, September 30th Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

Friday, October 1st Parr Hall, Warrington

Saturday, October 2nd Sage, Gateshead

Sunday, October 3rd Rock City, Nottingham

Tuesday, October 5th Academy, Birmingham

Wednesday, October 6th Junction, Cambridge

Thursday, October 7th Globe, Cardiff

Saturday, October 9th Thekla, Bristol SOLD OUT

Sunday, October 10th Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Monday, October 11th Chalk, Brighton

Tuesday, October 12th Electric Ballroom, London

European Tour Dates – 2022:

Monday, January 31st Trix Hall, Antwerp

Tuesday, February 1st Luxor, Cologne

Wednesday, February 2nd Rotown, Rotterdam

Thursday, February 3rd Bitterzoet, Amsterdam SOLD OUT

Friday, February 4th Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg

Sunday, February 6th Vega, Copenhagen

Monday, February 7th Nalen, Stockholm

Tuesday, February 8th John Dee, Oslo

Thursday, February 10th Hole 44, Berlin

Friday, February 11th Hybrydy, Warsaw

Saturday, February 12th Café V Lese, Prague

Sunday, February 13th A38, Budapest

Monday, February 14th Culture Factory, Zagreb

Wednesday, February 16th Biko, Milan

Friday, February 18th Ampere, Munich

Saturday, February 19th Papiersaal, Zurich

Sunday, February 20th Zoom, Frankfurt

Monday, February 21st Suprersonic, Paris

Tuesday, February 22nd Aeronef Club, Lille

Tickets are on-sale now here:


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