The Slow Readers Club have captured their moment in the sun to sublime effect on ‘Live at O2 Apollo Manchester’. The bumper 20-track set from December 2018 is played to a raucous crowd by a band on fire, and now we all get to close our eyes and feel like we were there.
This gig was the crowning glory off the back of the band’s most successful album yet, ‘Build A Tower’, which broke into the top 20 on its release. Not bad for a bunch of guys who, as they mention on stage, had only just been able to quit their day jobs.
The recording of the show is fantastic. You can hear the crowd loud and clear at all times, joining in with every chorus, chanting ‘Readerssssss’ after every tune, and even singing Happy Birthday to bassist Jim Ryan’s mum.
There’s no self-important guff or long anecdotes, quite the opposite in fact. Just a humble group of lads at the top of their game wanting to entertain in their home town. There’s a great spread of material from across their three studio albums to date, each one received better than the last.
‘Lunatic’ makes for a roaring opener and there’s quality throughout the set, but it’s the last five tracks that really ramp up the already electric atmosphere. The cherry on top is an extended version of ‘On The TV’, made perfect by every voice in the room belting out the main riff.
This is The Slow Readers Club’s third live offering, and why shouldn’t they celebrate when they’re such a brilliant live act? ‘Live at O2 Apollo Manchester’ is a priceless souvenir for anyone wanting to relive those moments, or indeed anyone that missed out on the real thing but wants to feel part of the action.