The Slow Show

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The Slow Show
The Slow Show in Utrecht (2016)
The Slow Show in Utrecht (2016)
Background information
OriginManchester, United Kingdom
GenresIndie pop
Years active2010–present
LabelsHaldern Pop Recordings
  • Rob Goodwin
  • Frederik 't Kindt
  • Joel Byrne-McCullough
  • James Longden
  • Chris Hough

The Slow Show is a British indie pop band, formed in Manchester, UK in 2010. Their music has been described as "minimalist but epic numbers steeped in atmospheric sonic landscapes"[1] with singer Rob Goodwin's "croaky baritone"[1] as a feature that stands out. They have been compared to the likes of Elbow, The National or Tindersticks.[2]

Outside of the UK, they are best known in Germany – where their record label Haldern Pop Recordings is based – as well as the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland,[3] based on the number of concerts played in each country.


The band was founded in 2010 when keyboardist and producer Fred Kindt helped launch Manchester studio Blueprint, where Elbow, Justin Timberlake have recorded. He met Rob Goodwin, who at the time was playing guitar for another band, "bonding over their love of orchestras, brass bands and film music".[4]

The name of the band has often been linked to a song by the American band The National of the same name. This, however, was not the inspiration for the name, but rather drummer Chris Hough's "love of show-stopping acts and the band’s determination not to make hurried music".[4]


Concert in a french festival, June 2019

The Slow Show released their debut album, titled White Water, in 2015. Their second album, Dream Darling, followed a year later.[5][6] Before releasing their first full-length album, the band had released two EPs, Midnight Waltz (2011) and Brother (2012).

On February 6, 2019, they released their latest song, the single "Sharp Scratch".


  • White Water (2015)
  • Dream Darling (2016)
  • Lust and Learn (2019)


  • Midnight Waltz (2011)
  • Brother (2012)


  1. ^ a b Davies, Mike (2016-11-18). "The Slow Show: Dream Darling (Album Review) | Folk Radio UK". Folk Radio UK - Folk Music Magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  2. ^ "The Slow Show | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  3. ^ "The Slow Show Gigography, Tour History & Past Concerts – Songkick". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  4. ^ a b "Biog — The Slow Show". 2018-04-10. Archived from the original on 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - Bob Harris Sunday, The Slow Show in session". BBC. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  6. ^ Wiele, Jan. "Album der Woche: Ein wohlklingender Zusammmenbruch" (in German). ISSN 0174-4909. Retrieved 2019-02-08.