We sat down with Rebecca over a hot cup of email to discuss a wide array of topics that included , using a chair as a musical instrument, and near-death experiences. It has taken me a while to not try and pin down the first person I can and try and emulate that. Interview: Slow Club Written by on Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 10:30am. Being in our band is amusing, crazy, and frightening all in one. Half of the songs here are about love; not the sweaty, sexy kind but an innocent, old-fashioned type that would be happy merely to hold hands until the third date.
Charles and Rebecca both 26; friends, not a couple started out writing songs that melded their thoughts and voices into one. Slow Club are a 2-piece band from Sheffield, England comprising Charles Watson vocals and guitar and Rebecca Taylor vocals, guitar, and percussion. Owl and Bear: I know you just released Yeah So in July 2009. Hes got thousands of ways to make a synth chord sound different. If you can stomach no, then you can be free to ask anything. With its swooning but raucous take on doo-wop and its frazzled, fragile representation of soul inspired rock, Paradise is typical of a band whose members divide their obsessions between Destinys Child and Noise-pop. So what happens when that band comprises of just two of you, friends and partners in rock for almost ten years, and suddenly it's time to make record number two? Emerging with first single Two Cousins in July the following year.
In their second effort, it seems the band have learned the power of allowing songs the space to breath. Go for a couples massage and just get them to rub the bench next to you. For their third release, the band teamed up with 's co-producer for the boldly retro and romantic , which arrived in July 2014. Complete Surrender will be released tomorrow. Me and a few other boys starting learning drums at the same time, but they all dropped out, so it made me feel like I was good at something, finally. He gets his moment though, as he delivers new track Paraguay and Panama without the help of his band and he oozes raw talent more subtly than his collaborator.
The following year they recorded a covers album, , which included renditions of , , and. Like a cross between and the Juno soundtrack, 's debut bounces between bubblegum pop and soft, quirky folk music. The duo's second album, 2011's , boasted a more expansive sound. All of this is meaningless really. As well as being a seminal musician, I am a highly trained fashion expert. Owl and Bear: How did you two end up writing and playing music together? The album splits fairly equally between upbeat jangly tunes and more delicate accoustic-guitar-led efforts. Sheffield duo Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson, aka Slow Club,, take the opposite route for their debut album, dishing up a mish-mash of folk, country, skiffle and oh-so-cute indie-pop sounds which are far too delicate to need that nasty masculine bass guitar anyway.
They are currently signed to Moshi Moshi Records, and have been on nationwide tours with artists such as Fionn Regan, Noisettes, Hot Club De Paris, Tilly and the Wall, Jamie T, and Jeremy Warmsley. It sees the 23 year-old singer recalling a dream in which an imaginary brother lays dying in the next room. I know whats right for me and what I want. I happen to be in a band with 3 very settled down boys - they are happy, have plans and know where they are at. Slow Club are defined by their own distinct and powerful partnership - Charles with bruised vocal, rasping guitar and disarming lightness of touch; Rebecca with her dash of Northern Soul and sharp wit, switching between vocals and drums like Beyonce crossed with Karen Carpenter.
Then we worked with Luke and the song started to sound like, 'love is in the air! And we forced ourselves to write in a very different way. And then the bartender — the next time we played San Francisco — was in the band that supported us. In 2016, they returned with their fourth studio album, , enlisting producer and his studio band to aid the recording process. Is there a new album in the works yet? The look is composed of a biscuitty based pair of trousers or skirt, a creamy waist belt and fruity top. Or something by Joni Mitchell? Rebecca Taylor: We were at schools near each other and hung out and played in shitty bands, then started doing our own thing as a two. The other half of Slow Club, Charles Watson, is a different affair. On Two Cousins, Rebecca imagines that life is simply a journey which ends in our return to childhood when we die.
In the end we knew we could trust his taste. . You should run along side each other and never give up anything. Gold Mountain drifts languidly, like the lonely walk home after a drunken night out. Where differentiates itself from other bubbly pop groups, though, is in the slower numbers, which comprise at least 50 percent of the disc.
Our relationship works because we totally rate each other, and over the years weve become incredibly honest about how we approach songwriting together. Take yourself out for a nice glass of prosecco. Ask for what you want and be yourself from the start. Rebecca Taylor: My influences are simple: Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Feeling Terrible, and The Carpenters. In 2014 the endlessly innovating duo changed tack again and harnessed this new-found live confidence to produce their most ambitious and complete record yet - Complete Surrender.