the slow readers club

The Slow Readers Club have shared new single ‘Modernise’, taken from their new album ‘Knowledge Freedom Power’, due out on 24 February 2023.

The record will be the follow-up to 2020s Top 10 ‘The Joy Of The Return’ and their sixth album to date.

As the opening track to ‘Knowledge Freedom Power’, ‘Modernise’ sets the agenda that emerges as the rest of the album unfolds.

The Manchester band commented, “‘Modernise’ is about the constant need to learn and adapt to changing, it’s a bit of a techno fear song.”


The single is the follow-up to the recently released lead single and title track.


The Slow Readers Club entered the studio in early 2022 with producer Joe Cross and battled dark times with a refreshing optimism.

Frontman Aaron Starkie commented, “The world had got so bleak it felt a little indulgent to paint apocalyptic pictures when they were out in the real world. I thought people would probably want to hear more uplifting things, it was my intention to be a bit more positive. There’s still a lot of melodrama in there and it’s still dystopian in places but there’s more positive shades in this record.”

He added, “Growing up as a council estate kid in Manchester I was very conscious of having a limited horizon and I guess I had a chip on my shoulder and something to prove. It’s that background that inspired both our band name and the album’s title track ‘Knowledge Freedom Power’. It is an exercise in positive sloganeering, a mantra for education as a means of a way out from social and psychological confinement.”

Since debuting in 2011 with their eponymous and self-released debut album, they’ve sold-out numerous headline gigs, performed at various music festivals as well as supported the likes of Pixies, Catfish and The Bottlemen and James.

The Slow Readers Club will embark on a headline tour dates across the UK & Ireland in spring 2023 – full details:

Barrow-in-Furness Barrow Library, 02 March
Leeds Uni Stylus, 04
Glasgow SWG3, 06
Aberdeen Lemon Tree, 07
Nottingham Rescue Rooms, 09
Birmingham O2 Academy 2, 10
Bristol Thekla, 11
Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms, 13
London Lafayette, 14
Manchester Albert Hall, 17
Belfast Limelight 2, 14 April
Dublin Academy, 15

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The band also recently added a very intimate show at The Met in Bury as part of Independent Venue Week, which quickly sold-out.

The album is available to pre-order now and will be released on blue vinyl, CD and cassette, as well as digital and streaming formats.

The Slow Readers Club ‘Knowledge Freedom Power’ Full Album Tracklisting:

‘Sacred Song’
‘Lay Your Troubles On Me’
‘How Could You Know?’
‘Knowledge Freedom Power’
‘What Might Have Been’
‘Seconds Out’
‘Forget About Me’
‘No You Never’

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