Big Top, Sunday 2016
Slow Club is Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor. 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 wider attention and they soon released their debut album Yeah So in 2009. Initially categorised as “anti-folk” the band became known for their 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, switching between vocals and drums like Beyonce crossed with Karen Carpenter.
A tour de force
Their second album Paradise followed soon, which included the striking single Two Cousins, in July the following year. In 2014 they released the album Complete Surrender. Touching on everything from Motown and the output of the Memphis Stax Records to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s, via Frankie Valli and David Bowie, the album sounded like an instant classic. Something that sounds so familiar and timeless its difficult to believe it wasn't recorded 30 years ago. They’re heading into the studio again this year, this time with Matthew E White. Where this latest collaboration will take them is anyone's guess, but wherever they go, you know it will be worth your while to follow.