A Manchester based four piece who specialise in dark and brooding indie electro, The Slow Readers Club have drawn comparisons with Interpol, The Killers and The National and are, quite possibly, the biggest band you have never heard of. With reference points in the harrowing story of Robert Stroud ‘The Birdman of Alcatraz’ and nods to cult prison thriller Midnight Express, the ‘Lunatic’ video is a tense and claustrophobic affair that offers fitting visual accompaniment to this compelling new release.
Filmed in the crumbling confines of the abandoned London Road Fire Station in the heart of Manchester City Centre, the video was directed by longtime visual collaborator Chris Croft (who also worked with the band on the videos for ‘Plant The Seed’, ‘I Saw A Ghost’ and others). Speaking about the inspiration behind the video, Croft says: "For years I've been haunted by the feeling I had when visiting the isolation cell of Robert Stroud, the infamous 'Birdman of Alcatraz'. Stroud was kept in a small stone room at the prison for six years, imagine spending that amount of time cut-off from everyone? I've never felt anything like it, and as a film-maker I've looked for ways to channel that feeling, its claustrophobia and intensity into my work."
Teeming with the fear and paranoia that has been instilled by the incarcerations of the modern day, the latest single from the Manchester four piece is a nihilistic outburst and a rallying, renegade expression with its intentions all on escape. The track was produced by long-time collaborator Phil Bullyment, who produced the band’s acclaimed LP, Cavalcade , and is also noted for his work with Mancunian contemporaries Dutch Uncles.
The new video arrives as the band prepare to take on some of their biggest headline shows to date - many of which are now sold out - including Manchester’s Albert Hall, Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms, London’s The Garage, and Glasgow King Tuts, with only final tickets remaining for the upgraded show at Birmingham Academy 2 and scheduled appearance Bristol Thekla in the coming weeks.
THE SLOW READERS CLUB - AUTUMN TOUR 2017
4th November - Academy 2, Birmingham
10th November - The Garage, London [SOLD OUT]
17th November - Thekla, Bristol
23rd November - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham [SOLD OUT]
24th November - The Albert Hall, Manchester [SOLD OUT]
9th December - King Tuts, Glasgow [SOLD OUT]