Friday 18 November 2022

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Slow Readers Club - Knowledge Freedom Power

The Slow Readers Club return with the first single and title track from their forthcoming sixth studio album Knowledge Freedom Power. Embracing a much more synth-based approach without dispensing with their ability to craft songs with huge anthemic memorable chorus which grab you on first listen and hold you in their spell.

Front man Aaron Starkie explained the thought process behind the lyrics to the single and the album's title - “Growing up as a council estate kid in Manchester I was very conscious of having a limited horizon and I guess I had a chip on my shoulder and something to prove. It’s that background that inspired both our band name and the album’s title track ‘Knowledge Freedom Power’. It is an exercise in positive sloganeering, a mantra for education as a means of a way out from social and psychological confinement.” 

The single is the first to be taken from the album of the same name, which is due for release on February 24th on blue vinyl, CD and cassette as well as "flipped" versions of the artwork with a yellow vinyl variant, CD and cassette available exclusively from their website. The album release precedes a tour of the UK and Europe, which includes an already sold-out hometown show in Manchester, their first in the city since before the pandemic.

The album features ten tracks - all previously unreleased and unheard - Modernise, Afterlife, Sacred Song, Lay Your Troubles On Me, How Could You Know?, Knowledge Freedom Power, What Might Have Been, Seconds Out, Forget About Me and No You Never.

The tour in support of the album calls at Barrow In Furness Library (March 2), Leeds University Stylus (4), Glasgow SWG3 (6), Aberdeen Lemon Tree (7), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (9), Birmingham O2 Academy 2 (10), Bristol Thekla (11), Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (13), London Lafayette (14), Manchester Albert Hall (17), Berlin Lido (23), Hamburg Übel & Gefährlich (24), Antwerp Trix Club (25), Paris Supersonic (30), Rotterdam Rotown (31), Amsterdam Paradiso Tolhuistuin (April 1), Belfast Limelight 2 (14), Dublin Academy (15) and Porto M.Ou.Co (29).

The Slow Readers Club's official website can be found here. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

The album is available to preorder from their official store.


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