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Coldplay

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Coldplay

Shortly after arriving at University College London (in fall 1996), Chris Martin bumped into Jonny Buckland. They both loved playing music, and between them formed a band, called Pectoralz. Soon they recruited a third member, Guy Berryman. The band practiced daily, and soon were playing to small venues in the Camden area.

In 1998, Will Champion was enlisted to play the drums (he was a total novice, but a talented musician, so quickly picked them up). The band was complete muscially, but they still weren’t happy with the name, so tried <i>Starfish</i> before eventually settling on – Coldplay.

The first release from the the band was the <i>Safety</i> EP, of which only 500 copies were made – which nowadays change hands for a small fortune ($5000 plus). In the summer of 1999, the band played Glastonbury – great for word-of-mouth marketing.

After some bust-ups in the band (Will Champion once stormed out, only to return when begged to do so by the rest of the band), the foursome decided on some band democracy – all revenues would be divided 4ways, and everyone’s name would appear on song credits.

Late 1999 also saw the release of their first album Parachutes. The hit singles Yellow and Trouble came from the album. The band hit the US for a promotion tour.

The band’s second album A Rush of Blood to the Head was released in 2002 to worldwide success. Singles taken from the album include In My Place, Clocks and The Scientist. A Rush of Blood to the Head went on to achieve chart success – hitting number one both sides of the Atlantic. The band embarked on a megatour, with over a 100 live performances.

X & Y, Coldplay’s third album, came out in 2005. Wonderful tracks off the album include Speed of Sound and Fix You.

Chris Martin is now married to Gwyneth Paltrow, the Hollywood actress, who has taken title roles in lots of blockbuster movies, like Emma. (A talented couple!)

Best Band‘s ratings for Coldplay: Music 5 stars out of 5. Character 4 stars out of 5. Live Performance 4 out of 5.

Flyleaf

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Flyleaf

Lacey Mosley spent her early years in Arlington (TX). As a young teenager, she was given at bass guitar on Christmas day. The guitar became a passion. At the age of 16, after a series of fights with her mom, she went to live with her grandmother in nearby Gulport. Attending Gulport highschool she made a new circle of musical friends, and soon she was playing in a school band.

Lacey took to going with her grandmother to church – through which she found a new sense of purpose to her life.

A couple of years later Lacey moved to Temple. Here she me James Culpper (drums), Sameer Bhattacharya (guitar), and Jared Hartmann (guitar). Toghether they formed and band, with the name Passerby.

The band became a popular live act, playing over 100 gigs around Texas, and releasing 3 EPS. By this time Lacey had dropped playing the bass, and was concentrating on fronting the band vocally. After a couple of short-term stand-in bass-players, Pat Seals joined the band to become permanent.

Soon the record label Octone Records had signed them up on a record deal. Someone found out that the name PasserBy had already been trademarked, so the group chose a new name, Flyleaf. In 2004, the band released the popular single, Breathe Today, which was promoted with a brill video.

The band’s first proper album, self-titled, was released in fall 2005. Singles from the album include I’m So Sick, Fully Alive, and All Around Me. A hectic tour schedule followed, throughout the US, Europe and Australia.

Best Band‘s ratings for Flyleaf: Music 4 stars out of 5. Character 4 stars out of 5. Live Performance 4 out of 5.

The Fray

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Isaac Slade and Joe King were pupils at the  Faith Christian Academy, Denver.  Three years after school a happy meeting at a local record shop resulted in them arranging to meet up to discuss and play music.  One thing led to another, and soon they’d put together a band.  They persuaded Ben Wysocki (drums) and Dave Welsh (guitar) to join them.

The boys all had a common interested: piano, and this perhaps explains why their unique brand of piano rock works so well.  Isaac Slade and Joe King both discovered an early passion for music playing the piano.  King even competed in several piano competitions before dropping it in favor of the guitar, considered amongst his peer group to be a ‘way cooler instrument’. Wysocki and Welsh had also played piano at a young age, but after enduring being sent to piano lessons for a few years, swapped to the drums and guitar respectively.

All four grew up in strongly religious families, and have strong spiritual values. Thanks to their church connections, the group got their first taste of playing gigs at local Church halls.  To begin with, Isaac’s song lyrics were Christian based.  Then one day, when working at Starbucks, he had the sudden realisation that he could sing about the wider world within the contect of his faith.   Armed with a set of new worldly-wise songs, the band started playing local club venues.  Isaac’s brother, Caleb, joined the group to play bass guitar. However sibling tensions obviously ran high, and soon he left citing ‘musical differences’.  Later on Isaac was to say that Caleb’s leaving was his inspiration behind the words for ‘Over My Head’ (a song first titled ‘Cable Car’). 

The band’s name, The Fray, came about after a intelligent decision-making process after a gig at Caleb’s high school graduation dance.  The audience were asked for possible names for the band – several were volunteered, written on a piece of paper, and put in a bowl.  The band members removed all the slips of paper apart from one, which remained at the bottom of the bowl.  On the last slip of paper was written ‘The Fray’.  The name stuck – the boys liked it because that’s the way songwriting often felt!

Two EPs were the first releases from the band. ‘Movement’, which sold well after gigs, then ‘Reason’ which was more successful, with the song Cable Car getting a lot of radio time of the local station KTCL.  A talent scout from Epic Records spotted the potential in the band, and in 2004 the boys signed to the record label.

The group’s first album How to Save a Life came out in September 2005.  Soon after the band embarked on a nationwide tour, supporting Weezer.  Two tracks from the album made it big, Over My Head  and How to Save a Live (which featured on the soundtrack for Grey’s Anatomy). 

January 2009 saw the release of The Fray’s second album,  self-titled The Fray.  The first single to be released from the album, You Found Me went on to phenomenal chart success.

Best Band’s (from 100BestEverything) ratings for The Fray: Music 4 stars out of 5. Character 4 stars out of 5. Live Performance 3 out of 5.