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London, United Kingdom (1998 – present)

Based in London and Worthing, Fosca is a foursome formed by Dickon Angel (aka Richard Dickon Edwards, lead vocal, lyrics, some guitar) after spending some years in the group Orlando, who released several singles - including one under the name Shelley (Reproduction Is Pollution, Sarah Records, 1995) - and an album, Passive Soul (Blanco Y Negro, 1997). His previous adventures also include modelling at various “unusual” fashion shows, playing guitar for the band Spearmint, and keeping an almost notorious Internet Diary (“Website of the Month”, Select Magazine, 1999).

After leaving Orlando in 1998, Dickon experimented with the Fosca name via several line-ups, lead vocalists and musical directions, playing a handful of London shows and releasing a self-produced EP along the way (the Galaxie 500-bothering Nervous, London (Something Velvet, November 1999), before realising two things: (a) that he needed a musical collaborator for guidance and direction, and (b) that he should take the lead vocal duties himself in the interests of Lyrical Truth.

The former he found in February 2000: Alex Sharkey (guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, backing vocals). Alex’s own history includes the groups Brighter (several singles and an album on Sarah Records in the early 1990s) Hal (one single, Vinyl Japan, 1994) and Pinkie. Dickon cites Brighter’s Christmas (from their Laurel album) as one of his favourite tracks of all time, and when Alex wrote and suggested they tried making pop music together, he leapt at the chance.

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