The Slow Club
- Henry Northmore
- 19 November 2009
As the name suggests, The Slow Club doesn’t go for furious beats and sweaty dancefloors. ‘It’s the dark candlelit bar at the end of the world where everything is not quite right, yet perfect, somewhere to get lost in, immerse yourself in,’ explains promoter/DJ Michael Feeney. ‘The music policy is eclectic but never fast. Modern electronic, soundtrack, abstract, drone, drunken jazz, tango.’ So expect to hear tracks by the likes of Boards of Canada, Tom Waits, John Barry, Jasper TX and Serge Gainsbourg.
The night has been built from the ground up – from the décor and soundtrack to the projected films and live music from houseband Smackvan. ‘This sort of environment suits their particular brand of slowed-down reflective rock particularly well,’ adds Feeney, who is also a member of the band, which specialises in downbeat, understated indie with releases on Sano Records and Benbecula. This date also promises a set from Arcs, an experimental side project that has risen from the ashes of now defunct indie janglers Annie Christian.
And it’s not the first time the mellow and moody strains of their own brand of slowcore have echoed across Glasgow: The Slow Club relaunched in June after a 12-year hiatus. Now they return to their original birthplace from back in the halcyon days when The Flying Duck was still The Apollo. When asked why they’re returning after such a long break, ‘I woke up’ is Feeney’s arch reply.
The Flying Duck, Glasgow, Sun 22 Nov