Filed under: Issue 21, Issue 21 Q&A | Tags: David Lynch, Hot Club du Paris, Madonna, Moshi Moshi Records, Slow Club, So, SXSW, The Lonely Hearts Club, Yeah?
Part of Issue 21 coverage!
Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson formed Slow Club in 2006 after the breakup of short-lived Sheffield band The Lonely Hearts. Since then, they have released six singles, two EPs and one full-length album in the U.K.
They’re ready to explode onto the US touring circuit again this spring in support of the U.S. release of their full-length debut Yeah, So. Tour dates include South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) and a previously-unannounced two-week tour in the US!
20 Watts: Your album Yeah, So drops in the U.S. on March 30th. What are you expecting from American audiences, since the album will be released in the U.S. only now in comparison with your UK audience. Are you expecting a good turnout?
Rebecca Taylor: Of course it’s really cool when anyone comes to see our shows and I have had so much fun playing in America so far. People are really respectful – even if they have never heard of us – and no one has recommended us, they will listen and come up and thank us for coming in, while here in England people will walk away if they have never heard of you. Sometimes it kind of feels like if you have not been hyped up, they are not really interested, so I really like playing in America, and I really love the country as well. I love touring it.
20W: You guys are going to be playing at SXSW coming up. Will you be touring with other artists or just as a single act?
RT: I think we are touring two weeks right before it so we might be alone. We might be having a couple of acts play with us, but it is all up in the air so far. There should be a little group of us. But one thing is for sure, SXSW should have a ton of our friends there, and that should be really fun.
20W: You guys are notorious for incorporating some really unusual instruments into your live shows. Can you tell us what the inspiration for that is and how the whole thing came about?
RT: We don’t really do it so much anymore, when we started I used to hit a chair and that kind of thing, but we really got bored of doing that, so I now just have a drum kit and Charles plays the guitar. It is all kind of boring [laughs]. I mean it would be nice to invent a few new instruments but I don’t really have a do-how and know-how of it anymore. And especially when you are touring, all the stuff gets difficult to transport.
20W: You came together after the breakup of The Lonely Hearts, can you tell us how that came about?
RT: Well ’cause that band was so lame. It was a silly, rubbish band. And it always makes me laugh when people ask if we got together because of that band breaking up. But yeah, I was in that band playing the drums and we needed a guitarist. I knew that Charles played, so I got him to come along. But that was when we were really young. We were about 17 and had no idea how to make good music back then.
20W: Your new release is going to have a bonus disc with B-sides. Why did you decide to package it that way, instead of maybe tossing the tracks onto your next release or just releasing them as an EP?
RT: It honestly just felt right to do it that way, because the bonus disc has a few live tracks and it goes more with the first release. I think it fits nicely with it. It is a vision that we had at that time and would not want to save it and then add it on to the next album.
20W: How did the name Slow Club come about? Is there a story behind it or did it just happen?
RT: It is a really boring story. I wish it were more exciting. Well, we were playing a gig at this bar, and Charles was in charge of e-mailing the guy about getting the gig and the guy put us on all the posters as “Charles.” So the night before we had the gig we figured that we should have a band name. And I had just watched a David Lynch film, where a girl sings at a place called the Slow Club. So we decided to call the band Slow Club. Then of course it stuck and of course we hate it [laughs].
20W: How did you end up working with Moshi Moshi Records? Are you planning to stick with them or move to a bigger label?
RT: They are incredibly cool and their taste lever is so high and they overall are really, really good people. There was a band Hot Club Du Paris and they told Moshi about us and begged them to do a single with us.
Moshi are just good friends and you can put a lot of trust into that. Compared to a big label, where you don’t even see the guy that signs you, it feels much more personal. Maybe we will never be super-famous, but I don’t really care.
I mean of course if a huge label wanted to make us as big as Madonna we might reconsider, but I just really like that we get to be hands-on where our career goes and there are no surprises. We just get to do so much and it is just so amazing. We are very happy for now.
— Interview by Irina Dvalidze