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(1997 – 1999)

Theaudience were a band which formed in 1997. The band consisted of Sophie Ellis-Bextor (vocals), Billy Reeves (guitar), Dean Molle (guitar), Kerin Smith (bass), Nyge Butler (keyboards) and Patch Hannon (drums). The band split in 1999 after releasing one album and four singles.

They were founded by guitarist Billy Reeves, formerly of indie group congregation. The group were fronted by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and achieved some success with their new wave-style records. Reeves left the band in 1999 and despite the remaining band members writing new material, theaudience split soon afterwards. Bextor eventually started a solo career and had much success in major label disco music. Although their one and only album received critical acclaim, it did not sell well and was later discontinued. Bass player Kerin Smith and guitarist Billy Reeves are currently involved with the London indie pop band, Friends Of The Bride.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor went on to record a number 1 UK single with Spiller - Groovejet (If this ain’t love) before embarking on her solo career.

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