The Slow Day’s 2019 debut single “The Poet” became a playlist staple after the first time I hit play and it resulted in instantaneous infatuation.
There was something incredibly visceral about the amplified emotion poured into their ridiculously accessible feat of Indie Rock. It came without frills, but who needs frills when you’ve got sheer polished instrumental power and arrestingly expressive vocals? Supposedly, the eyes are the window to the soul, but for The Slow Day vocalist Adam Moss, I’m inclined to believe his lies in their larynx.
They’ve followed on from their debut with the equally as resounding single “I Can’t Sleep” released on January 20th. It’s raunchy, it’s smoky, it’s psychedelic and it’s a sublime feat of Americana-inspired Alt Rock which proves that it can be done just as well on this side of the pond.
I Can’t Sleep is a gorgeous mash of reminiscences of bands such as The Black Keys with much heavier, grinding instrumental friction offered by the likes of Mudhoney and Velvet Revolver.
It’s probably the most serpentine Alt Rock earworm which you’ll hear this year. If you find a way of unsticking the tensile rhythms from your synapses, don’t tell me about it, I’m quite fond of my new neural companion.
If there’s any Manchester band worth getting excited about in 2020, it’s the Slow Day with their anthemically-charged sound. Their artist title is criminally deceptive.
Review by Amelia Vandergast