Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Good Shoes--Think Before You Speak (2007)

Artist-Good Shoes
Album-Think Before You Speak
Release Date-Mar 26, 2007
Genre/Style-Indie Rock

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Biography-Good Shoes were formed by lead singer Rhys Jones and guitarist Steve Leach, and often wrote and played music together as a hobby. Rhys and Steve appeared as a two piece under the good shoes name for a friends charity gig (Tom-Fest) at a venue in Kingston called The Peel in early January 2004. Eventually, they decided to formalise their hobby into a fully-fledged band, bringing in Rhys's brother Tom and then later Joel Cox (who was friends with Rhys and Steve from secondary school - Raynes Park High School).

The band started looking for gigs in January 2005, their first gig was put on by a friend at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge University on February 1. Their second was at a secret party on Eel Pie Island with Mystery Jets and from then on they played as many gigs as possible in and around London. This led to them playing the Artrocker clubnight in August put on by Artrocker Magazine. At this gig, the band were recommended to their current label, Brille Records by a member of the band FC Kahuna, and after playing In The City music festival in Manchester they signed with Brille in November 2005. John Kennedy (a dj at London-based radio station Xfm) started to give the band airtime based on a demo which was recorded in the bands shed, and a new demo, recorded at Southern Studios started to get the band recgonition from stations like Radio 1, 6 Music and other mainstream radio stations, with both Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe playing the demo.

The band's first single "Small Town Girl" was released in 2005, which garnered them a session on Xfm. This was released before the band had signed a proper deal and was released independently through Young And Lost Club Records. 2006 was the band's breakthrough year, with an EP called "We Are Not The Same" and then their first full single "All In My Head" released to critical acclaim (not to mention mentions in NME Magazine) and an appearance on the Carling Stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals which led to their first TV appearance on the BBC2 festival coverage. They set up a competition for 300 people to get a picture on their next single "The Photos On My Wall"; this became their first single to enter the UK Singles Chart, entering at number 48 on 6 January 2007. The latest single by the band managed to get to number 34 in the U.K Top 40.

The band travelled to Malmö, Sweden to record their first album, called Think Before You Speak, with Per Sunding at Tambourine Studios, due out 26 March 2007.

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