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Slow Club's new album, One Day All Of This Won't Matter Anymore, comes out August 19.

The video for “Two Cousins,” a breakout track from Slow Club’s second album, 2011’s Paradise, still induces a smile. With a pair of impeccably dressed gentlemen high-kicking and stutter-step dancing to the song’s fractured drum beat, gliding along with plinking piano notes, the clip is a joyful introduction to the Sheffield, England duo’s charm. Five years later, that song sounds like an artifact of a band in happier times — a stark contrast to the winsome, world-weary iteration of Slow Club heard on the fittingly titled new album, One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore.

The band’s music has always struck a balance between tugging heartstrings and uplifting with bittersweet voices and striking melodies. Yet with One Day, Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson release their emotions and vulnerabilities more than ever. Sequenced as an intimate he-said, she-said narrative, the album’s 12 songs seem to find the songwriters embodying opposite ends of a collapsing relationship, with each equally accepting and doling out blame.

On the opener “Where the Light Gets Lost,” Watson sits alone, reeling and lost, knowing he missed his window. “I had my chance, and this is letting go,” he muses over a smoldering groove. In the bluesy dirge “Ancient Rolling Sea,” he describes blustery upheaval — “You’ve got your battles, and they rage like an ancient rolling sea” — then declares, “I’ll always be by your side.”

From Taylor’s end, the silvery R&B ballad “Come on Poet” unfurls in the chorus: “Did you think it was over? ‘Cuz so did I / I can’t take on the tiger while I’m still this child / and if something was worth saving, I’d have thought we’d try / it’s getting so hard to remember to be fair and kind.” The swaying gospel waltz “Give Me Some Peace” is a plea for relief. “And as toxic as ever, it turns into terror / my freedom gone to grief / give me some peace,” she sings about her partner’s reckless behavior, which threatens to pull them both under — all while gnarled guitar and voices soar to a climactic peak.

And on “Rebecca Casanova,” when Taylor sings, “And I don’t wanna be the one you call ‘the girl who brought me down’ / and I don’t wanna be guilty of knowing I could have let you out to find her sooner,” the song’s tick-tock guitar rhythms and glittery synth lines recast what could be a plaintive lament as a bouncy pop gem.

One Day is rich and nuanced, showing how Slow Club’s sonic sensibility is elastic enough to fold in an array of styles. While switching from folk (“In Waves”) to jangling rock (“Silver Morning”), pining torch song (“Sweetest Grape on the Vine”) to rollicking country (“Champion”) and even slinky disco glitz (“Tattoo”), the album remains impressively cohesive. That’s thanks in part to producer and songwriter Matthew E. White and the in-house band at his Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, Va. Their natural chemistry can be heard in the album’s familiar feel and warm instrumentation: mellow Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer keyboards, swooning pedal steel and tasteful guitar licks with strings that blossom around Watson and Taylor’s close harmonies.

Whether these songs are biographical or fictional (or likely, a bit of both), Slow Club paints honest pictures of complications in romance and companionship, commitment and betrayal, with things that cannot be unsaid. While the title could be easily be viewed as expressing exasperation in the face of overwhelming struggle, it’s also reassuringly calming. No matter how heartbroken you are at the moment, if you can endure, you’ll be stronger.

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The first ever Outlines Festival is coming to Sheffield on Saturday 27th February.

Outlines is a brand-new, one-day festival dreamed up by the brains behind Tramlines to add a dose of winter festival fun to some of Sheffield’s finest venues.

Expect a genre-spanning mix of established names and breaking talent, as artists take to the stage at venues including The Harley, Queens Social Club, Plug, o2 Academy and Skate Central’s roller rink, where the shows come complete with skates.


Outside of the music, there’ll also be the chance to check out a bumper crop of pop-up film screenings, sample the wares of some of Sheffield’s independent food and drink experts and pick up some exclusive artwork by local illustrators.

With a lineup including Roots Manuva, Gang of Four, Georgia, Loyle Carner and loads more, Outlines will take place across some of Sheffield’s best loved venues.


From the people behind Tramlines comes the first ever Outlines Festival. A new, one-day multi-venue festival taking place across Sheffield City Centre on Saturday 27th February.

Expect a genre-spanning mix of established names and breaking talent, taking to the stage at venues including Skate Central, The Harley, Queens Social Club, Plug and o2 Academy.

Official after-parties:
Banana Hill at Queens Social Club with Andrew Ashong and Batida DJ set
Unit 3 takeover at The Harley
Access to after-parties for £3.00 with a valid festival ticket

Or in person from The Harley, Plug box office, o2 Academy
This event is strictly 18+
No refunds will be issued for incorrectly booked tickets

I was working as a porter in hospital doesn’t have quite the same ring as “I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar…” but that’s exactly what Phil Oakey was doing when he was asked by ex-schoolmate Iain Craig Marsh to join him and Martyn Ware as singer with their band—The Human League.

Marsh was in his early twenties and beginning to make good money working when he decided to put his extra moolah towards buying one of the cheap commercial synthesizers that were coming onto the market. Inspired by Kraftwerk, science fiction (J. G. Ballard) and the industrial landscape of their hometown Sheffield, Ware and Marsh began creating an ambient soundtrack. It quickly became apparent to the pair they needed a lead singer to make the music work. That’s when Marsh remembered his classmate Oakey—as he looked like a pop star.

With the arrival of hospital porter Oakey, The Human League were now ready for phase one of their career—as an influential, semi-avant garde, electronic band. In 1977, they issued a group (slightly tongue-in-cheek) manifesto:

SCENARIO: In the summer of 1977 The Human League was formed due to the members finding no conventional channels for their immense talents.

BACKGROUND: None of The Human League have any orthodox musical training, but prefer to regard compositions as an extension of logic, inspiration and luck. Therefore, unlike conventional musicians their influences are not so obvious.

CONCLUSION/MANIFESTO: Interested in combining the best of all worlds, The League would like to positively affect the future by close attention to the present, allying technology with humanity and humour.

Gradually building up a young predominantly male fan base at college campuses and small venues, the band were signed to Virgin Records where they released two critically acclaimed albums Reproduction (1979) and Travelogue (1980). But the success the group hoped for did not follow. The band split with Marsh and Ware going off to form Heaven 17, leaving Oakey and Adrian Wright to carry on as The Human League.

With a European concert tour imminent, and the reality of Oakey and Wright being sued for failing to fulfil their tour commitments, Oakey decided to bring in two random girls he had seen one night dancing in a club—Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. Both girls knew Oakey and The Human League, and had planned to see the band at their forthcoming gig in Doncaster. Oakey’s bright idea of bringing in Joanne and Susan changed The Human League from a nerdy boy’s favorite to everyone’s favorite.

With the arrival of ex-Rezillos guitarist Jo Callis in 1981 and the release of their generation defining album Dare the same year, the greatest phase of The Human League had begun.


Young Guns Go For It was an godawful title for a rather good series about eighties pop bands—from Culture Club to The Smiths, Bananarama and Soft Cell. The 30 minutes on The Human League was arguably the best of the series as it brought together all the band members and took them on a literal journey through their hometown of Sheffield and their classic pop history.

From the people behind Tramlines comes the first ever Outlines Festival.

A new, one-day multi-venue festival taking place across Sheffield City Centre on Saturday 27th February.

The full lineup will be revealed very soon, but expect a genre-spanning mix of established names and breaking talent taking to the stage at venues including Skate Central, The Harley, Queens Social Club, Plug and o2 Academy.
Roots Manuva will headline the first ever Outlines Festival, with GEORGIA, Loyle Carner, The Big Moon, PINS, Oscar, Nimmo, Thee Mightees, Hey Sholay and loads more also to be announced.
More info:…/roots-manuva-announced-as…



We’ve got a very special premiere for you today: a cover of Neil Young‘s track “Birds” by alt-pop outfit Slow Club.

Renowned Sheffield indie outfit Slow Club have been keeping busy this year – they’ve had curated shows for 6 Music all about their home town, they’ve had a bunch of festival shows and a rare and interesting album’s worth of cover versions released for Record Store Day 2015.

Here the band cover Neil Young’s beautiful track “Birds” which they did exclusively for Musicroom Sessions.

Photo: Press

Best Friends – Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane: Sheffield slackers Best Friends’ debut has been a long time coming. Singles ‘Happy Anniversary’ and ‘Nosebleeds’, released in 2013, still sound raucously catchy alongside newer cuts like ‘Shred Til You’re Dead’. These tracks are standard Best Friends – upbeat garage pop full of scraggy guitar melodies and fuzzed-out power chords.


bob dylan sheffield 1966

The Sheffield show is perhaps the best of the tour. The quality is incredible, and the performance can move you to tears. The Gaumont Theatre adds a warmth and depth to the overall sound that is lacking at many venues, and Bob pours his heart into every syllable. This set represents some of the finest of the tour… Gaumont …


1–7 Bob Dylan (vocal, harmonica & guitar).
•8–15 Bob Dylan (vocal & electric guitar)
•Robbie Robertson (electric guitar)
•Garth Hudson (organ), Rick Danko (bass)
•Richard Manuel (piano)
•Mickey Jones (drums)


The Setlist ,

  1. She Belongs To Me
  2. Fourth Time Around
  3. Visions Of Johanna
  4. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  5. Desolation Row
  6. Just Like A Woman
  7. Mr. Tambourine Man
  8. Tell Me, Momma
  9.  Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
  10. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Eric von Schmidt)
  11. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  12. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  13. One Too Many Mornings
  14. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  15. Like A Rolling StoneBobDylan1966 sheffield

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Best Friends explain they are “armed with a encyclopaedic knowledge of WWF, a full set of achievements on Mario Kart and several crates of beer” when it comes the release of their new album, as yet untitled, out May 18th via Fatcat Records. Their new single,Fake Spit’, taken from the album, shows that the band have decided to depart aesthetically from their scrappy and dilapidated surf rock Art Is Hard days, but have still kept the fun and anarchy deeply imbedded in the music.

Their stark change from lo-fi to hi-fi production adds excitement value to hear what this new, mature version, of Best Friends will come up with. Guarantees can still be made though, that whatever happens, whatever the band come up with, whatever the music brings, it’ll always be laced with that free-spirited, riotous, party filled clamour that have made Best Friends so magnetic and unique amongst the surf garage horde.


The fuzz-pop drenched and pastel coloured explosions that resonates from Sheffield’s Nai Harvest’s new single, ‘Sick On My Heart’, is a tell-tail sign that the band are making headway to becoming a ‘big thing’ for this year. The steady rise of the duos’ slickly recorded slacker pop has been ongoing since the release of the shoegaze/punk LP, Whatever, which put the band firmly on everybody’s radar.

Coming out April 28th via Topshelf Records, the bands sophomore album, Hairball, seems set to catapult the duo into waters much bigger and deeper than what they were first swimming in. If anything is to be gained from the unequivocally positive response to the news of the new release it’s this; Nai Harvest are a band that deserve to have your undivided attention throughout the rest of this year, as what they have planned may be bigger than what you first expect.