Thursday, August 03, 2006

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!

Six By Seven - 01 Ten Places To Die (Peel Session)
Six By Seven - 02 Don't Wanna Stop (Peel Session)
Six By Seven - 03 Slab Square (Peel Session)
Six By Seven - 04 Heroes/Helden (Peel Session)
Six By Seven - 05 Always Waiting For (Peel Session)


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2:31 pm, August 03, 2006  
Blogger lostmusic said...

great band, can remember seeing them and The Delgados at TJs in Newport back in 1998/99. Cracking stuff

3:05 pm, August 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Six by Seven are one of my favourite ever bands, and they aren't quite dead yet - I'll be making a pilgrimage to Nottingham in a couple of weeks to see what might their final ever gig. Last time I saw them live was possible the best gig I've ever seen, beautiful, hypnotic, slowburning and astonishing.

You might be interested to know that Chris Olley has two other projects, Twelve and Fuck Me USA (new EP is excellent, by the way).

6:25 pm, August 03, 2006  
Blogger Ween said...

I found out that in my new job in the QMC hospital that I am working with Paul, the former bassist of Six by Seven. I thought he was joking when he said it but he wasn't. He left after the fourth album.

I was never the biggest fan but it made me search for some of their music on Hype Machine, as I remember them being around and on Jools Holland and the like

6:59 pm, August 13, 2006  
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