Jericho is the second single to be taken from The Slow Readers Club's forthcoming fourth album The Joy Of The Return out on March 20. Described by front man Aaron Starkie as "our sunniest offering yet" it's both a departure from their indie electro doom pop as well as an evolution of their sound without cutting the umbilical cord to the sound that has won them an intensely loyal fanbase over the past few years.
Aaron continues "Jericho’s hopefully a good indicator of the variety people can expect from the album. Plus it’s got a great hook in Kurt’s riff. Lyrically, I’d say it’s probably the track that most closely relates to The Joy Of The Return of the album’s title, as it’s written from the perspective of my teenage self.
“It’s a teenage romance song really, about that moment, on the threshold of a new relationship, where you begin to surrender yourself. As a band, it’s one of our favourites on the album, and came together quite easily from first jam through practice sessions. The chorus was the most challenging aspect as we really had to get the feel of that right.”
Jericho suggests that they're starting to lighten their dark brooding sounds and embrace more dance-influenced beats as also evidenced by the album's first single All I Hear. Lyrically though, it's still plagued with many of the doubts and insecurities that have connected with their fanbase - Aaron pondering "I fantasise, a vision taking hold, a girl I knew well... the words stuck in my throat... with all that I possess, I'm waiting for the call."
The Joy Of The Return is released on March 20 on CD, cassette, standard magenta vinyl, band-store only magenta vinyl with black splatter and a limited to 400 Dinked edition clear vinyl with magenta splatter that also contains a unique signed art print. There are also test pressings and album t-shirts available as part of bundles on the official store.
The Slow Readers Club's official website can be found here. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.
They play Manchester Night And Day (March 19), Leeds Jumbo Records (20, 6pm), Nottingham Rough Trade (21, 2pm), Sheffield Beartree Records (21, 6pm), Blackburn King George's Hall (March 23), Newcastle Reflex (24, 3pm), Gateshead Sage 2 (24), Edinburgh Assai Records (24, 1.30pm), Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (25), Liverpool O2 Academy (27), Birmingham O2 Academy 2 (28), Cardiff The Globe (29), Bristol Thekla (30), Portsmouth Pyramids Centre (April 1), Brighton Concorde 2 (2), London Electric Ballroom (3), Nottingham Rock City (4), Cambridge Junction (6), Sheffield Foundry (7), Leeds Beckett University (8), Warrington Parr Hall (9), Amsterdam Bitterzoet (13), Antwerp Trix Hall (14), Cologne Luxor (16), Dresden Poligamie Festival (17), Hamburg St Pauli Rock Cafe (19), Copenhagen Vega (20), Stockholm Nalen (21), Oslo John Dee (22), Berlin Musik Und Frieden (24), Prague Cafe V Lese (26), Budapest A38 (27), Zagreb Culture Factory (29), Zurich Papiersaal (30), Milan Mare Culturale (May 2), Montlucon Le Guingois (3) and Paris Supersonic (5).