The Skinny: Manchester is a city synonymous with guitar-driven indie with a rich musical heritage that is hard to ignore. It has arguably given us as many seminal bands as London, whilst also producing plenty that feel all too familiar in comparison to others; stale even, something which makes The Slow Readers Club even far more crucial to the city’s musical landscape.

Check out the band’s new single “Plant the Seed”, a pulsating slice of electro pop with an infectious vocal hook and has already drawn comparisons with Depeche Mode and The National. The band’s last four singles have enjoyed airplay on BBC 6 Music and XFM (now Radio X) and featured three times as XFM’s shock of the new.


Born in 2003, V13 was a socio-political website that, in 2005, morphed into PureGrainAudio and spent 15 years developing into one of Canada's (and the world’s) leading music sites. On the eve of the site’s 15th anniversary, a full re-launch and rebrand takes us back to our roots and opens the door to a full suite of Music, Film, TV, and Cultural content.