Here’s the thing. I added Slow Readers Club to last year’s rundown (on the fourth day that time) for the same reasons as I’m adding them this year: no nonsense indie with gusto, not perhaps the most fashionable or groundbreaking, but all the better for that. Last year’s “Forever In Your Debt” and this year’s “I Saw A Ghost” are both solid indie/rock stompers of a kind I’ll always like, unfashionable as that may be.
“I Saw a Ghost” has a list of influences as long and obvious as your arms, of course. I believe that Slow Readers Club are great live (I missed a recent Preston gig unfortunately) and that certainly seems backed up by this song. I know it’s not the done thing to use words like “honest” about bands or their songs these days, so I’ll just invoke it here: there is an authenticity and accent about this band I’ve liked from the moment I first heard them, and it continues with this song. As the podcast presenter who introduced me to this band would so often say “‘ave it”.
Back in 2013 I had an idea. You can see the Index for that idea here. Very pop-orientated. Very mainstream. I have pop sensibility and like a chorus strong enough to use as ballast, but really, I’m surprised by my choices coming across as more Radio 2 than 6Music. I would not choose the same list, nor put it in the same order now.
One year later is my 2014 Index . It is certainly less mainstream, maybe not organised quite how I would if doing it again (opening with Katy B, now there’s a misunderstanding about drawing in readers).
This year has seen my Spotify, SoundCloud, and ‘tucked in the back of the brain’ longlists growing by the week. Soon I will confirm the results of all that here – and as ever, the chosen 24 songs are presented in no particular order. In so many ways, this ain’t a chart.
A cheat, this one. When I wrote last year’s run-down I didn’t know this track was released. Now it’s being re-released, so in a way, it’s Fate and happenstance, rather than out-and-out cheating. Anyway, Slow Readers Club are criminally underrated and I think they ruddy well deserve highlighting every which way.
It is a little insight into my mind, this, but I like the different elements of the song as much as the whole; the bass chugging along, the lyrics (both in character and melody), the mood of indie sensibilities which remind me that, mercifully, there are bands out there who don’t sound like nampy-pampy boyband nonsense.
If you scoot about Souncloud you can enjoy a fair amount of live sets from them which should attract you to them even further. I will be, hem hem, forever in their debt.