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Dublin, Republic of Ireland (1999 – 2006)

JJ72 were a rock band from Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

The band was formed in 1999 by lead singer Mark Greaney and drummer Fergal Matthews. The two recruited the third and final member Hilary Woods as bassist and formed the trio, playing gigs in Ireland while still studying for their Leaving Cert exams. In June 2006 JJ72 announced they will split after seven years and two acclaimed albums.

The band released their first album, JJ72 in Autumn, 2000, following the completion of their Leaving Cert. Released to great acclaim by music journalists and the music buying public alike, the album has sold in excess of 500,000 copies in their native Ireland and the United Kingdom. The album spawned the singles; Snow, October Swimmer, Long Way South, Oxygen and Algeria, and saw the band tour Europe, the US and Japan.

The band followed the release of the first album with the release of their second album, I To Sky in October 2002. This release was panned by critics; however, it did reach the top 5 of the Irish album charts and the top 20 of the British charts, which led to the singles; Formulae (22) and Always And Forever (42) being released from that album.

In March 2003 bassist Hilary Woods left the band citing ‘to pursue other interests’ as the cause. Greaney and Matthews recruited another bassist, Canadian-born Sarah Fox, and the band continued as a three piece. After a two year silence, the band embarked on their first tour with Sarah Fox in May 2005 and released the download and 7” only single She’s Gone.

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  • hamlet666olsdal

    500

    10 Feb 8:18pm Reply
  • matheusvdh

    this band is the most amazing thing that happened in my life this year

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tartex

    Haha. I remember when JJ72 and Coldplay were the 2 new bands on the same commercial level.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • zayaxa

    I'm now all hooked up with JJ72 third album goodness. Cheers :)

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • zayaxa

    Does anyone have a link to the 8 or 9 mp3s that make up the 3rd album? Would love to hear it if anyone can hook me up?

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Brianainfire

    I will never understand why is this band so underrated...(12)

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SonicYouthKO

    oh hilgen ... weisst du noch damals beim southside - wie wir bei ihr so abgegangen sind und er seine gitarren zerschwartete ... es war soooooooooooooooooooooooo geil

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • vicmaniaco

    I will never understand why is this band so underrated... [11]

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • liano1

    I will never understand why is this band so underrated... [10]

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tcbp

    Marry me Hillary

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • brownieboy

    They weren't underrated, i mean they hit the top. 40 singles chart on multiple occassions. Sure, they were alright but not the best.

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • OneSalient

    New Group - I Buy Music Directly From The Artist

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    They were not 'underrated', they were unpopular. They were pushed to the moon by the hapless British press and were about as authentic as Menswear.

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • lm525

    I will never understand why is this band so underrated... [9]

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • hamlet666olsdal

    I will never understand why is this band so underrated... [8]

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • serenityQn

    i will never understand why is this band so underrated... [7]

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • GreenGiantYum

    #bestnewmusic

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • GreenGiantYum

    #staffpick

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nina712

    i will never understand why is this band so underrated... [6]

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Pruis

    Seen them 10 years ago in Grand Theatre Groningen Eurosonic. Was amazing!

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
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