The Slow Show will release their fourth studio album, Still Life, on 4th February. The four piece who first formed in Manchester will support the release with a European Tour in February and March 2022, culminating in a hometown show at Hallé St Peters on 4th March.
The fourth track to be released from the upcoming album, ‘Breathe’, has now been unveiled…
‘Breathe’ documents some of the unjust and heart-breaking scenes of 2020 with spoken word reference to John Boyega’s emotional rallying cry in support of Black Lives Matter in London’s Hyde Park.
Frontman Robert Goodwin states: “Breathe was a difficult song. It is full of feeling and it touches on difficult topics, so we spent a long time thinking about the best way to approach the song. We were reluctant to write about many of the things we saw in 2020 but it was inevitable that some of the years despair would influence us lyrically.”
With the band’s desire to push each other outside of their respective comfort zones during the recording process, Still Life subsequently offers a more diverse, rich and interesting sound than previous albums.
“We did develop our sound’, says lead singer Rob Goodwin. ‘We had to try something else. We felt we owed that to ourselves, and to the people that come and enjoy the music. We explored a lot of stuff: different sounds, different feelings, different ideas, different processes as well. Some of them didn’t work at all, but some did. It was difficult and challenging, but it felt good in the end.”
This experimental side to the creative process allowed the band to introduce new elements to their work. ‘Some new approaches and sounds crept in’, keyboardist Frederick ‘t Kindt admits. ‘Some were far from our older work. For instance: after some initial encouragement from me, Rob was keen to sing a bit higher on this record. Chris was encouraged to make his drums a bit more present; some things almost sound like a breakbeat to my ears.’
European Tour Dates – 2022:
Saturday 12th February – Le Hasard Ludique, Paris, France
Sunday 13th February – De Roma, Antwerp, Belgium
Monday 14th February – Gloria Theater, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday 15th February – Mojo Club, Hamburg, Germany
Wednesday 16th February – Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin ,Germany
Friday 18th February – Hydrozagadka, Warsaw, Poland
Sunday 20th February – Strom, Munich, Germany
Tuesday 22nd February – Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
Wednesday 23rd February – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Friday 25th February – De Oosterpoort, Groningen, Netherlands
Sunday 27th February – Maasilo, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Thursday 3rd March – Lafayette, London, UK
Friday 4th March – Hallé St Peters, Manchester, UK
Sunday 21st August – Bostheater, Amsterdam, Netherlands