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(1969 – 1972, 2004 – present)

Audience is a cult British art-rock band which existed between 1969 and 1972, and reformed in 2004. Members: Howard Werth (guitar, vocals), Trevor Williams (bass, vocals), Keith Gemmell (sax, clarinet, flute, 1969-72, 2005-present), Tony Connor (percussion, vibes, vocals, 1969-72), Patrick Neubergh (sax, 1972), Nick Judd (keyboards, 1972), John Fisher (drums, 2005-present)

The original band consisted of Howard Werth on nylon-strung electric acoustic guitar and vocals, Keith Gemmell on tenor sax, flute and clarinet, bass guitarist and vocalist Trevor Williams, and drummer/vocalist Tony Connor.
Audience rose from the ashes of a semi-professional soul band named Lloyd Alexander Real Estate, which had included all the Audience members with the exception of Connor, who had unsuccessfully auditioned for the earlier band. However, when Werth, Williams, and Gemmell decided to form their new band, it was Connor who came to mind as the right man to complete the line-up.
Within weeks of starting rehearsals, Audience had acquired management, a publishing contract, a residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and a recording contract with Polydor, with whom they recorded their first album Audience. The band, however, was less than pleased with the record company’s promotional approach, and went into hiding in Switzerland to avoid getting involved with banal publicity stunts.

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  • lucaszugaib

    Found a LP of them in my house. Great songs

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • BJBooth

    There's only one Audience, the others are not even worth mentioning. The 1969-1972 period are the albums that mattered, personal opinion; the later reformation was disappointing in 2004

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • oitoba

    there is also an audience that is an alt-country/blues/rock band from gernika, basque country

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    Great band from a great era (2)

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • KathyRockett

    <3

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • lunarmountains

    soo

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • xruiz18

    More than one band with the same name

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • benadlard

    Really good band

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • nocturana

    2nd

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • Sunzy

    Great band!

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • jaricleiv

    Потрясающая группа. Мне больше нравятся два первых альбома.

    24 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Ton87

    I've got Audience first four albums and I think Lunch is the least nice. I don't completely dislike it but I rather listen to the others.

    6 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Choners

    What songs were on Bronco Bullfrog? Does anyone have that soundtrack and want to share?

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Ton87

    I like their eponymous album more than The House On The Hill. I think the latter is more accessible to people who aren't too much into underground rock music, so that must be why it's more well-known. I'll check out Lunch soon, nixatlast.

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • nixatlast

    Hey, spare a good word for Lunch. Brilliant simple songwriting with superb 'orchestration' of the brass and woodwind support. Have a listen, then listen again and you'll be humming the tunes !!

    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • KeithJones

    "The House on the Hill" is such a classic album!

    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ericporcher

    So good to hear this again!

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • vartouk

    a great part of my 70's - check out howard werth's 'lucinda'

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • dubmagnifyer

    great lost band from a great lost era

    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    House on the Hill sold more copies here in Winnipeg, Canada than anywhere during the 70's and 80's. I don't know if that's still true, but it meant that my favorite FM radio station regularly played 3 or 4 tracks. So Audience was an important part of my teen years. I still love HotH.

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
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