Taking their name from a cult early nineties footballer and inspiration from the likes of Mogwai, Spirtualized, the Beach Boys and Super Furry Animals, Ormondroyd make widescreen, atmospheric pop songs punctuated by bursts of epic noise.
Formed after meeting at Sheffield University, the band have existed in one form or another for four years. The current incarnation - Ollie Birtill (vocals, guitar), Ste Mills (guitar, vocals), Rob George (keyboards, vocals), Nick Portus (bass) and Gash Hill (drums) - spent the most part of 2006 making their debut album ‘Hit & Hope’. Most of the tracks were recorded at Sheffield’s 2Fly Studios with Alan Smyth (Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley) and the 12-track LP was released in March 2007 through Hackpen Records.
The band’s early demos were played by John Peel on his Radio 1 show and Channel 4 Teletext Planet Sound proclaimed their demo as the best of the year - an accolade previously afforded to Hope Of the States. The Droyd were also ranked above The Strokes and Muse in their weekly chart.
Ormondroyd’s live show, which has been known to include guitars played with vegetables, group hollering and unreasonably crowded stages, has seen them play across the country, including shows at the In The City festival in Manchester and at Club Fandango nights in London. Along the way they’ve played with the likes of The Futureheads, We Are Scientists, Kristin Hersh and iLiKETRAiNS and have also recorded a live radio session for the BBC.
The band realised a major ambition when Ian Ormondroyd (the lanky footballer they took their moniker from) played ‘Perfect Designs’ during his ‘Sticks In The Mix’ radio show. Proof, if ever it were needed, that dreams really can come true. Other highlights for the band included having a song used on BBC Midlands Today to soundtrack a report about kayaking and being named the 43rd best international song of the year on a Spanish radio station. Recently, the band’s album cover shoot was interrupted by both the police and the fire brigade after they were reported for suspected arson.
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