INTERVIEW: The Slow Readers Club’s Aaron Starkie on new album ‘Knowledge Freedom Power’

The Slow Readers Club
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In episode #116 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with The Slow Readers Club‘s Aaron Starkie to talk about their new record ‘Knowledge Freedom Power’ out on February 24th, 2023.

Nothing – not despots, pandemics, self-destruction or the rise of the machines – can keep a good band down. So, when The Slow Readers Club hit the studio in early 2022 with producer Joe Cross (Hurts / Courteeners), they battled dark times with refreshing optimism. The result is ‘Knowledge Freedom Power’, a sizzling synth-rock beast of a record akin to White Lies, Muse and modern-day Bloc Party, and a rallying cry of emancipation, both stylistically and socially. It’s a righteous punch of the air, a surge towards the future.

In this interview, Aaron Starkie talks about writing and recording the new album, their upcoming tour and lots more.

Listen to episode #116 of The XS Noize Podcast with Aaron Starkie – BELOW:

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Knowledge Freedom Power

Tickets for The Slow Readers Club’s upcoming European headline tour are selling fast – remaining tickets are available HERE. The band’s tour schedule was recently extended with confirmation of a show as special guests to Pixies at Cardiff’s International Arena.  


5th – UK, Bury, The Met (Independent Venue Week show – SOLD OUT)


2nd – UK, Barrow-in-Furness, Barrow Library (SOLD OUT)

4th – UK, Leeds, University Stylus

6th – UK, Glasgow, SWG3

7th – UK, Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

9th – UK, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

10th – UK, Birmingham, O2 Academy 2

11th – UK, Bristol, Thekla (SOLD OUT)

13th – UK, Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

14th – UK, London, Lafayette

17th – UK, Manchester, Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)

18th – UK, Cardiff, International Arena (special guests to Pixies)

23rd – Germany, Berlin, Hole 44

24th – Germany, Hamburg, Übel & Gefährlich

25th – Belgium, Antwerp, Trix Club

30th – France, Paris, Supersonic

31st – Netherlands, Rotterdam, Rotown (SOLD OUT)


1st – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso Tolhuistuin

14th – UK, Belfast, Limelight 2

15th – Ireland, Dublin, Academy

29th – Portugal, Porto, M.Ou.Co


Xsnoize Author
Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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