MP3: Six By Seven - Peel Session 1999
Aaaah Six By Seven. Lovely, unappreciated Six By Seven. Based in Nottingham, the much missed five piece released seven wonderful LPs from 1998 to 2006, and are now in semi-official breakdown after announcing in June last year that they would seize recording and touring. Although their droney indie rock, with shades of My Bloody Valentine, Wedding Present and Radiohead, seems to have been overlooked in favour of more commercial prospects like the aesthetically similar Cooper Temple Clause, I was rather a fan of them, especially at the time of the release of their first few albums. Their debut single European Me was particularly tremendous, and is well worth searching for, p2p fans! (Eat Junk, Become Junk is another particular single I loved). It's a shame that even with the production help of John Leckie on their second record, 2000's The Closer You Get, the band were never able to pick up a transatlantic fanbase or to build up enough commercial attention at home to make their career a longer one.
Today I thought I would post the second of the bands five Peel Sessions. It was recorded in May 1999, and worked as a preview for the then forthcoming Closer record. Ten Places To Die would be one of that album's singles, and Don't Wanna Stop and Slab Square turned out to be album tracks. I believe Always Waiting For was a bside, though I forget for which single. The final track is a cover of the German (and original, obviously) version of Bowie's Heroes, named Helden, which was actually voted as number 43 in that year's Festive Fifty.
Six By Seven are a band that i'm sure are missed by a lot of people, although not as many as there should be. Hope you like the songs!