Slow Club

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Slow Club
Slow Club 2012.jpg
Slow Club performing at Dockville festival, Germany, Hamburg 2012.
Background information
OriginSheffield, England
GenresIndie pop, folk rock
Years active2006-2017
LabelsMoshi Moshi Records, Caroline International, Wichita Recordings
Associated actsThe Lonely Hearts,
The Moonlandingz
Past membersCharles Watson
Rebecca Taylor

Slow Club were an English duo formed in Sheffield in 2006. The band consisted of multi-instrumentalists Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, with Watson contributing piano, Taylor contributing drums, and both performing guitar and vocals.[1][2] The band split in 2017 following an extensive tour to support their last album, with both members moving on to solo projects.[3]


The band released two 7" singles in 2007, "Because We're Dead"[4] and "Me and You", on Moshi Moshi Records. On 1 September 2008, their first extended play, Let's Fall Back in Love, was released. A Christmas single, titled "Christmas TV", was released in December 2008.[5]

Their debut album, Yeah So, was recorded by Mike Timm at Axis Studio in Sheffield and released in July 2009[6], followed by the release of their second EP Christmas, Thanks For Nothing in December 2009.[7]

The band's second album, Paradise, produced by Luke Smith (Clor), was released on 12 September 2011.[8][9] In 2012 "Beginners", the final single from the album, was released. The video features actor (and Slow Club fan) Daniel Radcliffe.[10][11]

Slow Club have toured extensively around UK, Europe, US, Australia and Japan and played major UK festivals, including Glastonbury festival, Latitude festival and Green Man Festival. They have supported acts such as KT Tunstall[12], Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons.[13] They often collaborate with other musicians, such as Sweet Baboo, during live shows.[14]

In spring 2013 the band went back into the studio with Colin Elliot (who has worked with Richard Hawley) and started recording their third album. The album Complete Surrender was released on 14 July 2014.[15] The band's current touring line-up also includes long-time drummer Avvon Chambers and bassist Rob Jones.[16] They are also occasionally joined by Fyfe Dangerfield.[17]

The band released their fifth album One Day All of This Won't Matter Anymore[18], recorded in Richmond, Virginia, in 2016.[19]

Following a tour in late 2016 through to 2017, the duo split up, with both working on solo projects. The tour was documented in the film Our Most Brilliant Friends directed by Piers Dennis.[3]

Charles Watson released his solo debut album, Now That I'm A River, in May 2018. Rebecca Taylor's debut, under the name Self Esteem, will be released in March 2019.

Critical reception[edit]

The Metro described the band and its music as: "Charming two-part harmonies, scruffy pop melodies and bitingly aware lyrics mark out this endearing two-piece".[20]



Year Title
2009 Yeah So
2011 Paradise
  • Released: 12 September 2011
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
  • UK Albums Chart peak: No. 70 (18 September 2011)
2014 Complete Surrender
  • Released: 14 July 2014
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
  • UK Albums Chart peak: No. 51
2015 I Swam Out to Greet You
  • Released: 19 May 2015
  • Formats: LP, digital download
2016 One Day All of This Won't Matter Anymore
  • Released: 19 August 2016
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download


Year Title
2008 Let's Fall Back in Love
2009 Christmas, Thanks for Nothing


Year Title Album
2007 "Because We're Dead"
"Me and You"
2008 "Christmas TV" Christmas, Thanks for Nothing
"It Doesn't Have to Be Beautiful" Yeah So
"Trophy Room"
2010 "Giving Up On Love"
"Two Cousins" Paradise
"Where I'm Waking"
"If We're Still Alive"
2012 "The Dog"
2014 "Complete Surrender" Complete Surrender
"Suffering You, Suffering Me"
"Everything Is New"[21]


  1. ^ "Slow Club: 'We feel like a different band'". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  2. ^ "Music Interview: Slow Club - The Verse". The Verse. 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Daisy (14 January 2019). "Self Esteem and I Cheered Each Other Up at Winter Wonderland". Noisey.
  4. ^ "Album Review: Slow Club - Complete Surrender". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  5. ^ "Slow Club-Christmas TV". immersed in cool music. 2016-12-27. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  6. ^ "Album review: Slow Club - 'Yeah, So' - NME". NME. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  7. ^ "Ep Review: Slow Club - Christmas, Thanks For Nothing". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  8. ^ "Slow Club confirm second album details". NME. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Album Review: Slow Club - Complete Surrender". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  10. ^ "A match made in Time Out towers: Daniel Radcliffe and Slow Club collaborate". The Ultimate London Blog – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  11. ^ Cragg, Michael (2012-06-19). "New music: Slow Club – Beginners". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  12. ^ "Slow Club Join KT Tunstall Tour". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  13. ^ "Slow Club - Sheffield Bands - Exposed Magazine". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  14. ^ "Sweet Baboo - Ships | Albums | musicOMH". musicOMH. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  15. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (2014-07-10). "Slow Club: Complete Surrender review – powered by heartache and ambition". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  16. ^ Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music session, May 2014.
  17. ^ Marc Riley BBC 6 Music session, July 2014.
  18. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (2016-08-18). "Slow Club: One Day All of This Won't Matter Any More review – a musical and artistic stop-gap". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  19. ^ Cragg, Michael (2016-08-30). "Slow Club's Rebecca Taylor: 'I wish I could write fantasy songs'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  20. ^ "Your London To-Do List". Metro. 14 July 2014: 51.
  21. ^ "Slow Club Stuff Their Faces But Still Look Ice Cool in Their Video "Everything Is New", Noisey". 5 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2017.

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