Six by Seven
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 quintets 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 bands 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 1998s The Things We Make. The albums 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...