1993 – 1998 (5 years)
Reading, England, United Kingdom
Bennet formed in the summer of 1993 in Reading. They spent their days writing, rehearsing and playing gigs. Having finally found their "sound", they signed a deal with Roadrunner Records in 1995.
Debut single "If You Met Me, Then You'd Like Me" is released in the UK in March 1996, which charted in the Independent Top 10. In May `96 their second single, "Colossal Man" again charted and saw the band touring with the likes of Number One Cup, Pusherman and Supermodel. Bennet was also approached by the Fierce Panda label to do a joint single with Bis and Number One Cup. Over the summer, Bennet plays to a packed tent at the Reading Festival and have their first John Peel session.
Third single "Someone Always Gets There First", and the band make their first video with the aid of an ultra-fashionable accessory, the Sumo wrestler suit, which they sported while chasing a woman across a beach! The Evening Session made it the Priority Tune of the week and set the band up nicely for the release of their debut album Super Natural.
Reviews were more than encouraging and included the following comments:
"I'd even rate Applin alongside the likes of Jarvis in the . . . league of lyricists . . . this is a fine debut." - Time Out
"Guitar pop with a pert sense of humour." - Top of the Pops Magazine
"What an unutterably superb record!" - NME
The next few months see Bennet playing their biggest headline show at the London Garage, supporting Dodgy in Europe and organising some extra special Christmas shows.
Reading Festival 1997, Jason Applin announces drummer is leaving. 12/11/97 New album "Street vs. Science" and single of same name is released. NME didn't like it, nobody bought it. Early '98 Split.
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