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Les Incompétents


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Les Incompétents were an indie-rock band from West London. They met with negligible mainstream success, but supported, amongst others, Mystery Jets, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, and Babyshambles.

Their two singles received airplay from BBC Radio 1, Virgin Radio, BBC 6 Music, XFM, MTV2 and Kerrang Radio, receiving serious support from Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and Zane Lowe, amongst others. They were also been highly rated by the record store Rough Trade, who listed “Reunion”/”Much Too Much” as their fourteenth favourite single of 2005.

Their second single, “How It All Went Wrong”, released in March 2006, was limited to 1,500 copies and sold out on the day of its release. The video that accompanied the song was made on a shoestring budget, at the Tatty Bogle Club in London where the band rehearse, by music promo directors Type2Error.

On September 1, 2006, the band announced via a bulletin and blog-post on MySpace that they were splitting up. The news came just after their V festival performance being aired on Channel 4’s “Whatever” programme. They are scheduled to play their last ever gig at the 100 Club in London.

The band had a highly fluid line-up throughout their career, with the following line-up at the end of their time as a band:

Frederick McPhereson - vocals
Christopher Burman - guitar
Billy Leeson - vocals
Shaun Paterson - guitar
Tommy Atomic - bass
Lawrence of Templeton - drums


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