Slow Club - Stockton Bound
By Ciara Johnson
Monday 09 Jun 2014 17:34:00
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Sheffield boy-girl duo Slow Club is heading to The Georgian Theatre, Stockton for the only North East show on their 8-date tour.

The band, made up primarily of Charles Watson (guitar, vocals, piano) and Rebecca Taylor (drums, vocals, guitar), visit the Stockton venue as they tour in promotion of their third album, ‘Complete Surrender’, released on 14th July. 

The band formed in 2005 when they were both still teenagers and spent the next two years touring relentlessly around the North of England. A support slot with US band Tilly And The Wall brought them to the attention of Moshi Moshi Records who released their debut album ‘Yeah So’ in 2009.

Initially categorised as “anti-folk” the album proved there was so much more to the band and their sound - sweet harmonious hooks, rockabilly beats and exuberant yelps and yips, all held together by some breath-taking harmonising. 

Slow Club are defined by their own distinct and powerful partnership - Charles with bruised vocal, rasping guitar and disarming lightness of touch; Rebecca with her dash of Northern Soul and sharp wit, playing stand up drums.

In the autumn of 2010 the band returned to the studio to start work on their second album ‘Paradise’. Emerging with first single ‘Two Cousins’ in July the following year the response from the media was, if anything, even more enthusiastic than for their debut. 

The NME simply described it as “a tour de force” and Q magazine said it was the “sound of a band starting to spread its wings”. To go with the bigger-sounding songs Charles and Rebecca added a bass player and drummer to their live set-up and once again hit the road, evolving over a year of touring into one of the most exciting bands playing live at the moment.

Now in 2014 we find Charles and Rebecca emerging from the studio again with what promises to be their career-defining album – ‘Complete Surrender’. 

Recorded with producer Colin Elliot, who previously helped create an equally widescreen sound on albums by Richard Hawley, ‘Complete Surrender’ touches on everything from Motown and the output of Memphis' Stax Records to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s, via Frankie Valli and David Bowie. 

The songs are certainly bigger and the pair has grown from a charmingly ramshackle teenage duo bursting with potential into a fully formed, self-confident and impressively talented band. Where they take us next is anyone’s guess.

With 6Music sessions, major festival appearances – including Glastonbury, Hop Farm, Latitude and Green Man – and a string of sold out shows under their belt, their first gig in Stockton is highly anticipated.

Tickets are £9 in advance (subject to booking fee) or £12 on the door, book online from, 01642 606525 or in person from Green Dragon Studios, all prices are subject to booking fees.




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