Today we're back with another edition of "5 Favorite Things,
" that recurring feature where we check in with bands en route to New York and ask what five things are helping them cope with the touring life. In the L Mag
music department's long tradition of dramatically claiming bands overrated/underrated, we've never once faltered
on where we stand with Slow Club
. They fall squarely in the latter category, is the short answer. Paired together, the Sheffield duo's two records capture the full spectrum of pop, from wide-eyed giddiness to world-wearied caution, all set against the backdrop of gleaming melody. We suspect this Friday at Glasslands
they'll be playing a selection from each (and maybe some new stuff?) during an one-off from supporting Mumford & Sons on their current tour. Until then, let's hear what's been keeping co-singer/guitarist/drummer Rebecca Taylor sane during her time in America.
My boyfriend is a megababe so Skype helps me keep an eye on him while I'm away.
2. Mad Men
This current tour had a good 30 hours of driving, and I thank god for Mad Men! I'm hooked, and I'm only on season one. I like it when Don Draper is nice to his wife, and I like the secretary woman's big bum because it makes me like my big bum too.
3. Hotels with Free Wi-Fi
UK hotels don't give you anything for free. In America your hotels give you free Wi-Fi! It's a revelation! I also like the ice machines and the crappy TV.
I love margaritas and you cannot get a good one at home at all. I love frozen ones the best. I definitely need to never drink four from Pianos on an empty stomach then play a show in slow-motion again though...
5. The Flight Home
As much as I love being on tour, I always find it a tiny bit easier if the end isn't too far away. This tour at the moment has just been two weeks, which I found easier to manage. I love to travel and play shows and experience new things away, but for me nothing quite beats that lovely feeling of going home.