Six by Seven

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


This Nottingham, England-based band was formed in 1991 by Chris Olley (vocals/guitar), James Flower (saxophone/organ), Sam Hempton (guitar), Chris Davis (drums), Paul Douglas (bass). The quintet’s glowering live presence attracted record company interest from the outset but they were still unsigned when they were invited to play the 1997 Phoenix Festival. The limited edition 12-inch ‘European Me’, was released in September 1997 on the band’s own MFS label. The single received ecstatic praise in the UK press and quickly sold out. The band subsequently signed a recording contract with Mantra Records, releasing ‘88-92-96’ and May 1998’s The Things We Make. The album’s blend of scratchy indie pop and epic chill-out music drew comparisons to both the angst rock of Radiohead and Joy Division and the US post rock scene. Although a purported US contract with Interscope fell through the band continued to build their reputation with a...

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