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The Fades are London based brothers Dave (vox, guitar) and James Lightfoot (bass), lifetime school friend Jonny Barnard (guitar) and Alastair “Flash” Thorpe (drums).

The brothers formed the band in 2002 and put out the debut single ‘You Say’ soon after. It was picked up by Zane Lowe and playlisted on XFM quickly generating a buzz around the band. After a successful tour of the UK with Art Brut the next year, they quickly garnered a reputation for blistering live shows and mayhem, including a penchant for multi band clothes swapping on stage. This coincided with a couple of successful singles and a mini album which were all regularly playlisted on national radio and featured in TV shows and numerous publications across the world.

It wasn’t until they met local lad Flash though that the Fades really came into their own. Throwing him in at the deep end for a tour of Ireland in 2006, with his fear of bananas and mayonnaise, fondness for cupcakes and amazing drum skills they found another brother to complete the already eccentric group.

After an indie label in the US picked up one of the early singles The Fades went to New York to tour and hone their already renowned live set with a whirlwind of gigs, parties and scintillating scotoma. Arriving back in the UK at the end of 2010 the band was completely reinvigorated and inspired to write debut LP ‘Ragnarok’ influenced by some of their big adventures in the Big Apple.


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