So, I’m happy now! I got my first taste of the music at Latitude and I like it. For a gentle start to the day I decided to lurk around the smaller arenas, blinking in the sunlight like a frightened nocturnal animal. Luckily there was plenty of shade in the woodland setting of the Sunrise Arena and I was happy to see Edinburgh band Broken Records and north England’s version of The White Stripes (or so my programme informs me), Slow Club.
Broken Records, had a full stage with their seven members playing cello, mandolin, trumpet, glockenspiel and violin as well as guitars and drums. The band, who have been tipped as the next Arcade Fire, played a set heavily influenced by traditional folk music with songs, “Within Reason”, “Wolves Hand” and “Slow Praise”.
Next up Slow Club’s army of dedicated fans had filled up the front of stage before Broken Records had cleared their equipment. The duo, made up of Charles (guitar, vocals) and Rebecca (drums, vocals) opened with “If I’m not Married By The Time I’m 22” before playing “Me & You”.
Rebecca, who uses a wooden chair and glass bottles as part of her kit, agreed to wed an audience member who shouted out “Marry me?” between songs.
“Ok. No seriously, yes!” she said before Charles interrupted her with “No seriously don’t! You’ll live to regret it… I did!”
The pair then launched into the crowd favourite “Trophy Room”, about which she added:
“The last time I played this I just gave up. But it’s only two and a half minutes, so can you all just hold your breath or something?”.
The band will release their debut EP Let’s Fall Back In Love on August 25.
If we’re both not married by 22
Me & You
I was Unconscious It Was A Dream
Because We’re Dead
Apples And Pears
Slow Club Summer Shakedown