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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

@wearejames and @slowreadersclub didn't allow much sitting down at @cityh4ll #newcastle

James and Slow Readers Club, 
Newcastle City Hall 17/5/2016

The typically bar-obsessed City Hall audience was a bit sparse while Slow Readers Club brought ethereal lyrics and jolly Smiths-esque guitars to the stage. This didn't make their reception to the support band any less warm There could be some Echo and The Bunnymen/ Electrafixion influence with this band but the sound is very stand-out in the current market. One More Minute and Days Like This Will Break Your Heart bode well for the contents of the new EP. The unsigned band from Manchester have been doing fabulously on Youtube with the highly memorable I Saw A Ghost and this was performed beautifully with Aaron Starkie’s wonderfully resonant vocals the star on the Christmas tree. They are a very tight live band and show real love for their work. This band have such a great package of songs to deliver, I'll definitely have to buy the album and see them again. 

James are back with a new album (Girl At The End Of The World) which, judging from this gig, is again full of infectious, anthemic numbers with singalong parts we rapidly learned. Nothing But Love released a couple of months ago is full of joyous philosophy. Walk Like You warns against just being like your mum and dad and comes from 2014’s Le Petit Mort album.
So many songs were played that I haven’t got space to list them. I won’t mention the obvious missing song from the set. But suffice to say there wasn’t a lot of motivation to Sit Down at this gig. At two points the fourth wall was kicked down and Tim strode into the audience climbing over seats and dancing amongst us. In addition the brass player spent some time playing from amongst the crowd in the balcony. This was a truly amazing gig and a very happy crowd. Tim is still an uninhibited dancer which was great to see. The energy was contagious and they even got me dancing!

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