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Leeds, England (2004 – 2008)

¡Forward, Russia! were an band which formed in 2004 in Leeds, England. The band consisted of Tom Woodhead (vocals, synthesizer), Rob Canning (bass), Sam “Whiskas” Nicholls (guitar, vocals and synthesizer) and Katie Nicholls (drums, vocals).

The band released two albums, “Give Me a Wall” (2006) and “Life Processes” (2008) before going on an indefinite hiatus in August 2008. The band founded the record label Dance to the Radio initially to distribute their own recordings, but has since released albums from The Pigeon Detectives and Grammatics.

Their sound was characterized by trebly guitars and abstract, cryptic lyrics. Up until 2007’s “Don’t Be A Doctor”, songs were named for the order they were written in (One, Two, Three, Four, etc.). Their image is characterized by wearing identical t-shirts, with their exclamation mark emblem emblazoned on them. They are currently on hiatus.

In early 2005 they released a split single (“Nine”) with fellow Leeds band This Et Al. This was followed up with a double A-side (“Thirteen” / “Fourteen”) in August 2005.

In January 2006 ¡Forward, Russia! released “Twelve” which reached Number 36 in the UK Charts.

Nine” was released (again) in its own right on May 1st 2006, reaching number 40 in the UK singles chart. (b/w “One”).

The band self-released their debut album (“Give Me A Wall”) on May 15th 2006, on guitarist Whiskas’ Dance To The Radio label.


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