hmv.com reviews… Slow Club @ London's Village Underground
Sheffield duo Slow Club look all set to step out of the shadows and into the mainstream with the release of their new album Complete Surrender next month. They previewed the record in London last night (May 13th) and we were there to review things…
Slow Club, the Sheffield duo currently preparing to release their third album Complete Surrender.
Village Underground, tucked away in the corner of East London.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Completely sold out, with people at the sides and back desperately craning their necks for a better view of the stage. The crowd were spellbound throughout the show, to the extent that during the quieter moments you could hear the bar staff trying to clear up, so silent were the crowd.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
They focused heavily on material from Complete Surrender, kicking off with the title track and actually played the whole album during the set. The new songs are split between stripped back, witty ballads like the tender 'Suffering You, Suffering Me' and 'Dependable People And Things That I'm Sure Of', and 60s inspired pop songs.
It's a ballsy move to play your entire album a full two months before it comes out, but they pulled it off superbly. They also wowed the crowd with a few early tracks, especially closing pair 'Hackney Marsh' and 'Two Cousins'.
Any good between song banter?
A few quiet apologies about the abundance of new stuff, some thank yous and a few jokes, all nice enough.
Did they put on much of a show?
It was as stripped back as gigs come, not even a backdrop, just letting the music doing the talking, which suited proceedings very well.
What was the highlight of the set?
New cut 'Not Mine To Love', a proper shivers down the spine moment.
Where can I catch them next?
They're on tour throughout July and then at lots of festivals. You can find more details here.
Slow Club's new album Complete Surrender is due for release on July 14th and can be pre-ordered from hmv stores now.