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The Seal Cub Clubbing Club


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As friends of friends at school in The Wirral, The Seal Cub Clubbing Club started off playing Prog-Reggae, a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club cover and just ‘jamming’ in 2003. Their first gig, on a beach in West Kirby,[1] was ended abruptly after only half-an-hour due to a power failure.

Their name, a mendacity as Seal infants are called pups not cubs, was an effort to get away from usual one word-searching through the dictionary names that are often used by bands. According to an interview with the band by Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 1, the name simply came from something a friend had said when the band was looking for a name.[1]

Their first EP, Number One In A Serious, was released in January 2005 on their own mini record label, Boon(e). Containing “Why Don’t You Fix It?” and “Slow-Motion Powerslides (in Dee)”, it was placed in the recommended section of Rough Trade Records and received airplay from Steve Lamacq.

A second EP, the five-track The Seal Cub Clubbing Club EP was released on Nomadic in November 2005 following a UK tour in support of Brakes. It gained positive reviews from the Channel 4 website and Rough Trade Records.

The Seal Cub Clubbing Club EP II, a more poppy effort than their previous releases, was released on Nomadic in March 2006. Lead track “Celine” was notable for receiving nationwide airplay and being written “for NME audiences so they don’t cry”.[2]

In August 2006, The Seal Cub Clubbing Club played the Leeds Festival early in the afternoon on the Comedy stage. In September they toured the UK in support of British Sea Power. They have also toured with The Fall, Brakes, Juliette Lewis, and Clinic.[3]


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