West Midlands based four-piece, formed from the ashes of indie label darlings EXIST. (Exist having been signed to EMI in 2005 and ISLAND in 2006, releasing a single for both, too much acclaim)
School friends Matt Bellamy and James Allen formed the original band in school with local friend Chris Robinson and original bass player Simon Riley. After a number of UK tours and supports with the likes of Boy Kill Boy, Maximo Park and the Shins to promote the singles, they began to work towards getting an album ready to record. Simon departed, James moved onto bass and another friend Andy Brookes completed the now renamed and re-invigorated subkicks…………..
During a turbulent management period in late 2006, the band saw a compilation of lo-fi Exist demos hawked around the globe. Thankfully, Japan caught the bug. A single, “The Fear”, became a top 5 radio hit and the fore mentioned lofi recordings have now sold over 10,000 copies in the territory as an album titled “exist”. A sell-out Tokyo show followed in October 2007.
Working with new management the band recorded their debut album proper, “Threes, Fives and Sevens” due for UK release later this year. The album was released in Japan last year and has gone on to sell more copies then their debut. Producer, Gavin Monaghan (The Twang///Editors) passionately guided the band through 12 new tracks.
“Threes, Fives and Sevens” overflows with all the ingredients you want from a young talented and determined band, classic guitar riffs, stadium rock choruses with a few dance beats thrown in for good measure!
Subkicks play regularly at all the various Midland venues, ‘Birmingham Academy and Wolves Little Civic are favourites with the band and fans and guarantee a packed show.
May 2009 will once again see subkicks spread their wings and play a number of shows across the UK, aiming to reconnect with old fans and bolster the new ones.
A stunning video has been shot for the lead track from the new album, “ Fatman” will spearhead the band’s campaign to prove themselves as one of the UK’s best kept secrets become a secret no more.
The Fatman will be released via Digital download March 2nd 2009
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