Sheffield indie-pop duo Slow Club (Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor) released their third studio record Complete Surrender on July 14th. To learn more about the group, we recently spoke with Charles to discuss the soulfulness on Complete Surrender, hailing from Sheffield, and a fear of parsnips.
AMBY: Hello Charles, thanks for speaking with us today. What’s the band been up to lately?
Slow Club: We have been playing lots of shows and dotting around the place letting people hear the new songs!
AMBY: How would you describe each other in one word?
Slow Club: Female.
AMBY: You released your third album Complete Surrender last month! What was one of the highlights you had while recording it?
Slow Club: A lot of the songs went down really quickly but the recording of Number One was very unexpected. Colin who produced the record just appeared with a double bass and started bowing it. It sounds best loud!
AMBY: When it comes to the title, what’s the significance behind Complete Surrender?
Slow Club: It was originally taken from a book but doesn’t really have a whole lot to do with that context. We thought it sounded like an album title so just went with it.
AMBY: The vocals on the new record are very soulful. Who inspired you vocally when it came to creating it?
Slow Club: Arthur Russell – I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face, George McGregor And The Bronzettes – Temptation Is Hard To Fight
AMBY: Do you feel being a Sheffield-based duo has had an influence on your sound? If so, how?
Slow Club: Not really. I’m never really sure if Sheffield has ‘A Sound’… However I do think there is a kind of open nature that runs through the way people talk to each other that does affect the peoples’ approach to making things.
AMBY: Describe your dream gig and who would be on the bill with you.
Slow Club: We would open so we could relax. Then…., The Wave Pictures doing a hit medley, Bright Eyes, Bob Dylan from 1969 doing the whole of Nashville Skyline with Johnny Cash
AMBY: If you could be a fly on the wall at any given time or event, where would you want to be?
Slow Club: Maybe the filming of Stop Making Sense.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Slow Club that nobody knows yet?
Slow Club: I’m scared of parsnips.
Thank you Slow Club, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout