Interview – Slow Club

May 30, 2010 by  

In Hackney’s most renowned recording studios, The Premises, we caught up with Sheffield duo Slow Club. Crammed between boxes of vinyl and promo material, Charles and Rebecca talked us through their plans for a new album, their new direction and being bored of all things twee…

How was your Great Escape?

Charles: It was really good, it was the best one we’ve ever done. We played the Unitarian Church

Rebecca: The Uterus… no, no, the Unitarian. It was amazing we went on a waltzer.

Charles: Everyone was completely wasted on Saturday, they had a big night out on Friday. By then everyone had left apart from a couple of friends, we were driving back so we weren’t drinking.

Yeah it was pretty messy. So why did you decide to release ‘Giving Up On Love’?

Charles: We always liked playing the song live, we always try and do it at the end, it always seems to go down well with the crowd. So we re-recorded it, because the album version is a bit slower, we did it in a different studio with different equipment and just changed it up a little bit.

The tempo is quite different from your early stuff.

Charles: Yeah, we always tend to do that. Record songs slower when we first write, then they end up loads faster.

Did you re-record a lot of songs for the album?

Charles: No not really. We did loads of live sessions. We re-recorded ‘Because We Are Dead’. We did it about two years after. Having toured loads we thought we’d just played it all live. The album is totally live and it has just got a few overdubs.

How did you get the final track-list for the album?

Charles: It was weird. It just came together.

Rebecca: Yeah, we did a lot of re-jigging of it. It sort of just felt right and we both agreed on it.

How did manage to bag Mackenzie Crook for the ‘Giving Up On Love’? Video.

Rebecca: I had the idea and my friend was in a play with him, and she just thought he was perfect for it. She wrote to him and he liked the song. He’s a really great guy, he didn’t want paying for it or anything – he’s awesome.

You’re playing Koko soon, is that the biggest show you’ve played?

Charles: Yeah…It’s pretty cool. They always turn out all right – I think. It’s really ambitious, but I think If we wanna take new steps then we’ve got to do it. We felt the same when we booked the Scala and that went really well. It’s a big jump, but yeah, it’s cool.

Are you going to have extra any musicians or anything?

Rebecca: Yeah we’re gonna have a bit of a band and play loads of new songs.

Will that be a permanent thing?

Charles: It’s not a permanent thing. It would be nice, because we’ve got songs that need a few more
people. We’re just gonna try it out on this tour and see how it goes with the new songs. It would be nice to have an extra couple of hands for some songs. But I quite like it when it’s just us two making loads of noise. We both write songs, individually and together. We’ve been writing more songs together for the new album then we did on the last one. We’re just at the beginning, which is really exciting. It’s a different kind of writing now I think. We’re not writing just songs that we don’t know if they’re are gonna do anything. Now we know there’s is going to be an album, it’s kind of nice writing thinking it’s going to be part of something, whereas our first album was written over such a long time.

Did you find it difficult having such a long period before your d?but album came out?

Rebecca: I think we always knew we do some sort of album and it would go somewhere. We were lucky we got to tour so much and build up a fan base. It’s kind of paying off now. I think a lot of bands do not realise you have to do that. We’re not big, but we’re managing and we can play a gig and loads of people there are fans, which is cool. It takes ages, unless you get loads of press and everyone hears of you.

Charles: We’ve put the hours in and we’ve toured all the toilets of Britain twice. But people remember you. When you see a band play that’s when you remember them. We’ve been to places we would probably never go otherwise, it’s amazing.

So do you want to take your music somewhere different on the new album?

Charles: I think it’s going to be a lot more danceable

Rebecca: No more dosey doing.

Are you sick of it?

Rebecca: Yeah, we never thought it was that, but we were just young when we wrote a lot of the songs. Now we’ve done loads, got a lot of different people and we know what we want, so it’s just a case of getting on with it. If loads of people hate it, just as long as we’re happy with it we’ll be all right.

So how will the new album differ?

Charles: It’s just gonna be more emphasis on melodies. I think the problem we had on the first album was there was a lot of layers, stuff that’s not really doing anything. I think on the new album just less layers. We produced the first album ourselves and this guy called Mike Timm engineered it, and one of our friends David Glover worked on it. I think we’re gonna try some other places, we’re gonna try different studios, we’re just figuring out at the moment what our options are.

Do you still spend much time in Sheffield?

Rebecca: Some times I feel a bit sad we’re not a Sheffield band and not as involved as we could be. But because we’re not Sheffield’s ‘Sound’ people don’t really take to us as much as they do other bands.

Charles: We still have a following there though. We played The Plug last time and there was 350 people there. It was an amazing gig. We got everyone out in the car park at the end. It was weird seeing my Mum and Dad waving through the gates.