New Release & Tour: The Slow Show – Lust And Learn / Hard To Hide

The Slow Show will release their third album Lust And Learn via PIAS on August 30th 2019. The album’s lead single ‘Hard To Hide’ is available from today

The Manchester quartet will support the release with an extensive European Tour, taking in Islington Assembly Hall on October 10 and culminating in a hometown show at Gorilla on November 7 – dates further below

Take a listen to the new single below…

As the name implies, songs take their time in The Slow Show, though there’s a fresh sense of immediacy in lead single ‘Hard To Hide’. But this is music built to last. That’s not accidental: singer Rob Goodwin and keyboardist Frederick Kindt spent 18 months honing every note of Lust And Learn into shape. Kindt helped establish leading Manchester studio Blueprint and knows the best local strings and brass players, who have helped The Slow Show since the start, while the Halle Youth Choir add the perfect counterpoint to Goodwin’s rich, sonorous voice

In the three years since 2016’s Dream Darling, Goodwin has moved from his native Manchester to Dusseldorf. Changing record labels is part of the band’s determination to make greater inroads back home too, as is their determination to play more shows than ever around Lust And Learn. “I’ve said before how cathartic our shows are for us,” says Goodwin. “We’re more aware how cathartic they are for the audience too. The things people say to us are so moving. Usually, people don’t ask us about our songs, they tell us how the songs relate to them and their lives”

The stories in Goodwin’s lyrics are stronger and more honest than ever, unflinching in analysing his failings. He admits a debt to author Karl Ove Knausgard, another writer adept at blending fact and fiction. Goodwin explains: “Knausgard’s books blew my mind in so many ways, but from a songwriting point of view it was about how frank he is. He’s brutally, painfully honest. There’s an element of fiction in authors like him, and there’s a balance in our songs as well”

Live dates below…

May 18 Cologne, Cardinal Sessions Festival
June 8 Normandie, Papillons De Nuit Festival
Aug 31 Darmstadt, Golden Leaves Festival
October 8 Glasgow, King Tut’s
October 10 London, Islington Assembly Hall
October 14 Brussels, La Madeleine
October 15 Utrecht, Grotezaal
October 16 Maastricht, Muziekgieterij
October 18 Essen, Zeche Carl
October 20 Hamburg, Uebel & Gerahrlich
October 21 Berlin, Columbia Theatre
October 22 Munich, Freiheiz
October 23 Zurich, Mascotte
October 25 Fribourg, Fri – Son
October 26 Reutlingen, Franz K.
October 27 Mainz, KUZ
November 7 Manchester, Gorilla

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