An indie band tipped as ‘the next northern pop powerhouse’ have announced a release date for their new album and an extensive UK and EU tour.

The Slow Readers Club.

The Slow Readers Club, from Manchester, will release The Joy Of the Return, their fourth album, on March 20 on Modern Sky UK.

The band have also shared their new single, All I Hear, the first track to be taken from the album, alongside details of a March tour.

It’s full of their usual energetic blend of driving drums and infectious guitar lines, and builds through evocative verses and anthemic choruses.

Singer Aaron Starkie explained: “All I Hear’s about a lack of agency and an inability to affect change. That there’s something happening, and you have no choice but to go along with it.”

Recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool and produced by long-standing collaborator Phil Bulleyment, The Joy Of The Return marks a significant change in the band’s process, with extensive touring allowing them time to write and develop tracks and arrangements through soundchecks and back-of-van jams. 

“I think it’s definitely our most interesting and accomplished record musically,” says Starkie. “Lyrically the album covers love, alienation, the rise of right-wing populism and comments on algorithm driven propaganda. And as always, I try to deliver those lyrics with uplifting melody.”

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The dark power-pop that defined their previous releases remains present, demonstrating why the NME described them as ‘ther next northern pop powerhouse’.

The Slow Readers Club will release fourth album The Joy Of The Return on March 20.

The announcement of the album comes on the back of another huge year for the band, which saw them play a mammoth, 32-date European tour, and a number of sold out UK shows including London’s The Dome and two consecutive nights at Manchester’s The Ritz following the release of their critically acclaimed third album, Build A Tower. 

The Slow Readers Club will embark on an extensive tour throughout the UK and EU in March, April and May, including shows in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol and London’s Electric Ballroom. Full dates can be found below. 

Tickets are on sale now HERE.

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