The Slow Show are an indie-folk band from Manchester, UK, that have been creating a unique blend of acoustic and orchestral music since forming in 2012. With an affinity for intimate concerts, the Slow Show have built a considerable, dedicated fanbase in their 8 years of existence and produced three full-length albums and various EP's.
The origins of the Slow Show can be traced back to the meeting of two high school friends: Max and Rob, who decided to combine their sample-based productions and shared infatuation with 70s songwriting styles to create music that was both beautiful and meaningful. Sharing a mutual love of grandiose German electronic music, American Folk, and classic orchestral pieces, they set to work creating a diverse range of sketches and ideas.
By 2012, the duo had brought on bassist Si and drummer Ben to complete the lineup that is still in place today. After releasing their debut EP, Love Is On Your Mind, the Slow Show had their first tour lined up and began to form a presence in the music world. At the same time, the four-piece was busy writing and recording for their first full-length album, White Water – a labour of love that took two years to complete.
Drawing influence from the work of acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and José González, the Slow Show occupy a unique space within the Anglo-American folk tradition. Their music is characterised by its lyrical introspection and cinematic flourishes that pair frontman Max’s distinctively emotive vocals with intricately woven layers of strings, keys, horns, and guitars.
Concerts by the Slow Show are renowned for their rapturous atmosphere and palpable passion. Performing in small venues across Europe, they consistently deliver an extravagant yet intimate show – a performance level that has seen them grace the main-stages at 2000 Trees, Green Man and End Of The Road festivals throughout their career.
The Slow Show’s contemporary story-telling style and wistful melodies draw comparisons with acts such as Tom Odell, Matt Corby, and Damien Rice. With its hint of classical elegance, the quartet’s music owes a debt to the likes of Alban Berg, Max Richter, and Gustav Mahler.
With the release of their second album Dreamwalks In The Open Fields in 2017, The Slow Show leant heavily into their orchestral influences while maintaining the warm, acoustic core of their sound. Captivating lead single ‘In The Dark’ saw the four-piece push beyond their comfort zone and deliver a larger-than-life ode to lingering moments on the road.
Two years later, the band unveiled their third record Shoddy Boy which marked a distinct change in their music’s direction. Expanding their sonic pallet to include rock and blues influences, the album saw the four-piece return to a more raucous soundscape – with singles ‘You & Me’ and ‘Bang On The Heart’ serving as a perfect introduction to the album’s fiery tone.
The Slow Show have been stalwartly producing their unique vision of modern-day folk for 8 years, delivering effusive live performances that move and inspired their dedicated fanbase. With influences spanning from Mahler to Max Richter and a sound that continues to evolve, it’s no surprise that theSlow Show remain some of the UK’s most cherished indie-folk acts.
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