Thursday 12 March 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Slow Readers Club - Killing Me

The Slow Readers Club have released Killing Me, their third single from their forthcoming The Joy Of The Return album due out on March 20th. It's an upbeat commentary on the state of modern society with a critical eye on who runs the world and the collective apathetic silence to it.

Killing Me is a damning reflection on the state of modern society, the people who make the decisions and drive agendas sitting well away from the impact ("the kings sit pride of place far above the chaos") and the way humans are tied to machines for interaction ("I'm a slave to technology, talk through the glass"). There's a sense of anger and frustration at the way no one is challenging this situation, the social disparities in the world going unaddressed ("wretched injustice has swallowed me whole") and the way there is no one making a stand and their voice heard in opposition ("silence is killing me, driving me mad").

Front man Aaron Starkie said of Killing Me "Killing Me is a song about inequality, “It’s about being controlled by a ruling class, and how we’ve designed a system of living for ourselves that’s a kind of prison, emotionally and spiritually. It’s about a world where we increasingly isolate ourselves through an addiction to our phones and social media."

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 Hatch (March 18), Manchester Night And Day (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), Manchester HMV (26), 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).

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