Tall dark towers are building up, candles burning while the piano sets in. The choir is opening the album “White Water” of the Manchester based band The Slow Show. When the first lines of “Dresden” pass your mind, you see yourself walking through the nighty roads of this beautiful city in the eastern part of germany, packed in a warm coat, the scarf blocking the cold. The sound of “White Water” is not a fluffy springy piece of music. But that really doesn’t matter.
After they selfpublished their first EP “Brother” in 2012, they got attention from the german Haldern Pop Festival and finally, after they played there last summer, Haldern Pop Recordings will release this dark pearl of music. And it seems to be the best place for them, as they will be accompanied by bands and musicians like All The Luck In The World, Alcoholic Faith Mission and Emanuel And The Fear.
“White Water” is a dark river, slowly floating, until it hits a dangerous spot with high massive walls out of violines, pianos and tragic but anthemic orchestra. Sometimes it’s just a peaceful stream. But there is always the dark sound of Rob Goodwin’s voice, who could be related to Matt Berninger of The National. This “White Water” is sometimes all about to suck people into it’s waves (“Brother”), about loss, last goodbyes, searching for the meaning of life, about growing old (“God Only Knows”), love (“Paint You Like A Rose”) and dancing on a “Bad Day”. And this is the most powerful beauty; finding the way through the world and keeping a dance in mind. Even if you are suffering spring fever, you should listen to this heavy but warm hearted, tender and carefully sound of emotional darkness.
06.03.15 London, Hackney
21.05.15 Köln, Luxor
22.05.15 Haldern, Haldern Pop Bar
23.05.15 Dortmund, Way Back When Festival
24.05.15 Beverungen, Orange Blossom Festival
25.05.15 Hamburg, Prinzenbar
26.05.15 Berlin, Privatclub
27.05.15 Dresden, Beatpol
28.05.15 Vienna, Chelsea
29.05.15 München, Strom
31.05.15 Zürich, Papiersaal
04.06.15 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
05.06.15 Nottingham, The Bodega Social Club
07.06.15 Bristol, Louisiana
08.06.15 Manchester, Manchester Gorilla