Manchester’s The Slow Readers Club, are back with their latest and most anthemic single yet, ‘Tell No Lies’; a huge synth-driven alternate anthem ready-made in time for the band’s long anticipated – and three times rescheduled – UK Headline tour kicking off on September 25th at the Foundry in Sheffield. The tour was originally penned for Spring 2019 to coincide with the release of the band’s Top 10 album ‘The Joy Of The Return’.
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The single, co-produced by Steven Ansell of Blood Red Shoes and the band’s long-term collaborator Phil Bulleyment is accompanied by a brand-new music video featuring Line of Duty star Craig Parkinson aka DI Matthew “Dot” Cottan. Parkinson plays the extravagant faith healer who meets his match when he encounters protagonist and lead singer of the band, Aaron Starkie.
The collaboration with Parkinson came about through an unlikely meeting between BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins and The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess:
“I met Craig at Kendal Calling, he was stood talking to Chris Hawkins and Tim Burgess at the time. It was one of those weird things where you feel like you’ve met before, I think Chris saw me trying to figure it out and then pointed out that I would know him from Line of Duty” Starkie recalls.
“We since got chatting on Twitter and he let us know that he was a fan of the band and kindly offered to be in the video. He’s a top bloke, so generous with his time and brought great energy to the shoot.”
‘Tell No Lies’ provides a step forward for the band, a fresh new larger sound, one that is made for a live audience – yet still stays true to a blueprint that has become synonymous with the band’s success to date.
Speaking of the track, Starkie notes:
“The song is about music’s ability to transport you somewhere else and take away your anxieties for 3 minutes or so. Lyrically it’s a bit of a conscious departure from our more introspective, existential, doom-laden stuff that we are known for. Feels like the world needs upbeat tunes now, as real life has been bleak enough.”
UK Tour Dates – 2021:
Sunday, September 19th Trades Club, Hebden Bridge (small show for charity)
Saturday, September 25th Foundry, Sheffield
Sunday, September 26th King George’s Hall, Blackburn
Monday, September 27th Academy, Liverpool
Tuesday, September 28th Beckett University, Leeds
Thursday, September 30th Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Friday, October 1st Parr Hall, Warrington
Saturday, October 2nd Sage, Gateshead
Sunday, October 3rd Rock City, Nottingham
Tuesday, October 5th Academy, Birmingham
Wednesday, October 6th Junction, Cambridge
Thursday, October 7th Globe, Cardiff
Saturday, October 9th Thekla, Bristol SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 10th Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Monday, October 11th Chalk, Brighton
Tuesday, October 12th Electric Ballroom, London