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Manchester, United Kingdom (2001 – 2008)

Fear Of Music were a four-piece indie/alternative band from Manchester, UK. They are named after an LP by the band Talking Heads. They formed in 2001 as a threesome consisting of Jo Rose (vocals/guitar/keys), Ali Esmaail (bass) and Chris Stanley (drums). Mike Ward joined the band in 2003 as an additional guitarist after being introduced to the other two members by Jo.

Their musical influences are drawn from bands such as Radiohead, Muse, Nirvana, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Manic Street Preachers, Elliot Smith, Placebo, Les Saves Faves, Polysics, Smashing Pumpkins, Jeff Buckley, Rage Against The Machine, Bloc Party, Joy Division, The Smiths, Azure Ray, Bright Eyes, Nine Black Alps, Bjork, Dresden Dolls, Yann Tierson, Weezer, Little Hell, Editors, The Innosense Mission, Thirteen Senses, Rolling Stones, Halo, Serafin, Vex Red, Bob Dylan, The Libertines, Simon Joyner, Giant Drag, System Of A Down, Robert Johnson, Test Icicles, Every Time I Die and Spineshank.

They signed to Sony/BMG Records in 2005 and were managed by Nettwerk Management.

A message on their myspace on 18th October 2008 announced that the band had split after being dropped by their record label.


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  • KaneBliss

    its so musey!

    20 Jan 10:35pm Reply
  • awesomme

    Bliss8117, agree with you!! It's seems to me that this song is also similar to some other muse songs

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Bliss8117

    The song "Millions Screaming" has a very obvious and HUGE influnce from Muse's "Citizen Erased."

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kino000

    I love this band, found them just before they broke up. What a shame though.

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • groupiee

    hallo, ich verkaufe die ep "fear of music" .. bin aus deutschland. schreibt mir eine nachricht :)

    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • shishonaxo

    hi people, I'm a fan from Chile and since a time ago I've looking for the lyrics of the Fear of Music's songs one of the best bands i've ever heard , specially of "Actor/Actress" disc but I couldn't find it anywhere if someone could help me It would be great just an e-mail at Thank you bye

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • cristhomp

    Actor/Actress: the best album never released in 2008 (thank God for promo copies!)

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • comaninezero

    my band supported these. they thanked matt and gav aka no laughing (i joined after it went to print) that was the only time i saw them live but it was awesome

    17 Dec 2008 Reply
  • kevinblack16

    the song "blueprint" was sampled on a commercial for Sirius Satellite Radio in Canada.. it seems to have received some good reviews. here is the link to the add if anyone is interested..

    5 Dec 2008 Reply
  • pjr2007

    Been on their website and all kinds of rumours seem to be flying around at present, that the label have dropped them. To be honest I wouldn't be surprised as they've sat on this band for in excess of 2 years and it's absolutely criminal when you look at the success of the likes of utterly derivartive Pigeon Detectives. If it's true I cannot imagine how the band must feel after all the work they've put in. If any of them can bring themselves to let the good people know exactly what is going on then that would be really good. I'm sure they can continue although it must be very difficult times. There are people out there who obviously would continue to support them. I'm still holding out hope that the label will actually release the album properly so I can get my hands on a copy and make sure the band gets some of the cash.

    9 Jul 2008 Reply
  • ScabsandAshes

    To Ben7b7: I really hope you're wrong too!

    8 Jul 2008 Reply
  • elizawright

    OH WHAT A SHAME :'( xxxxxxx

    8 Jul 2008 Reply
  • stevygee

    Actor/Actress is awesome, made me a Top Listener :D

    23 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Ben7b7

    I reckon the whole throwing of free stuff may have been a bad thing :( I think it may mean there won't be any more Fear of Music!!! I fucking hope I'm wrong!

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
  • ScabsandAshes

    I saw them perform with The Humour, and they were brilliant. And then they came out afterwards with a wad of CD's and started chucking EVERYTHING out. Vinyls, the EP, tshirts. Shame I couldn't seen them after, I'd have forced them to take some money because this CD is way too good to have been free.

    15 Jun 2008 Reply
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    4 Jun 2008 Reply
  • DownIsTheNewUp

    The album is available from the website and itunes now! xox

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • Ben7b7

    I notice that tracks like Lets Make This Into A Movie and also Ropes out of Sheets are on the top tracks list!! How have people got hold of these, they're from the new album! I wanna listen to them :(

    9 May 2008 Reply
  • pjr2007

    According to Amazon it's about 2 weeks away. Checked their website and not much news there but they have a cool video for the new single which is really good.

    2 May 2008 Reply
  • carolajm

    woow,i'm a top listener!! million screaming is an amazing song, i love it!! so when is the new album out?? and the new single, does anybody know??

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
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