It’s currently 4pm and I’m at work, waiting for 22:45 so I can leave and crawl back into my bed and sleep for 12 hours to recover from an epic set by the legends in Slowly Slowly last night.
Riding on the back of the very recent release of ‘Chamomile’ and the countless, well-deserved accolades, the room filled quickly with both old and new fans eagerly anticipating what was to come. Well supported by locals Hyder Seek, Jurrasic Nark, Max Quinn (‘s Onomatopenis) and Foam, Slowly Slowly had the crowd giddy with excitement and feels.
‘Elbows’ opened the set with lead singer Ben’s perfectly imperfect vocals pacifying the crowd before launching straight into ‘Hey You’. Old favourites ‘Go Easy,’ Later’ and ‘Empty Lungs’ were slotted in to round out the set-list and even very minor guitar issues couldn’t stop the crowd from screaming along and almost drowning out the band themselves. New single ‘Deathproof’ almost took out most sung-along track ‘PMTWGR’ with guest vocals by old mate Tom Lanyon, and it was clear on each member’s face that they were witnessing something special up there. Slightly worried about how the newest tracks ‘Black Confetti’ and acoustic-only ‘Chamomile’ would fare with the crowd, who were now jumping off stage without a care in the world, my fears were quickly squashed as they were each given the respect they deserved which was both comforting and beautiful to witness. As the set was winding up with ‘Good Friends’ and ‘New York, Paris’, it was clear from the massive grins and huge effort they put into playing, that Slowly Slowly finally understood the impact they had on so many people, and it honestly couldn’t have happened to a more decent, humble group of humans.
From the bottom of my very happy heart, thank you Slowly Slowly, you the real MVPs 💖