In 1997 they played a gig at the infamous venue TJ's in Wales, supporting ex-Inspiral Carpets front man Tom Hingley and his band The Lovers which would eventually lead to them recording some tracks for their label TJ's Records. Now joined by Jon Park on guitar, they ventured into the studio to record what was intended to be a double A-sided 7", featuring ‘Kenneth Davis’ and ‘Thick Ear’. The following year (1998) saw them return to Small World Studio in Yeovil with P.J. Harvey’s engineer at the helm, to record some new tracks which became the Ambulance EP. Surely it was just a matter of time before they’d be collecting the best new-comer award at The Brits.
Well they’re still waiting for that particular honour and to be honest, it’s becoming less likely with each passing year! Fast-forward to 2004, and they got the chance to play at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool. This seemed to prompt them into action, as they have since started playing gigs a bit more frequently and in March 2005 went into Toy Box Studios in Bristol to record a new single called ‘Mr Newton’. It was the first thing they had recorded with the new trio line-up of Simon Felton, Shane Felton and Adrian Payne after the departure of kingpin James Laming, to form a new band in London called Mondo Jet Set. The Mr Newton EP was released by German label Dandyland Records in March 2006 and had it’s official launch gig back at The Cavern Club.
It was their third appearance in as many years on the famous Liverpool stage! A further surge of activity resulted in 2008’s acclaimed album, Let Them Eat Cake, which won them many new admirers both sides of the Atlantic and also kept the loyal fans smiling. Incredibly, now into their 14th year and with Brit-pop seeming like an awfully long time ago - new guitarist Leighton McGrath came on board and the band saw yet another new chapter unfolding before them, beginning with a hugely successful tour of Germany in 2009! Whilst the band work on a brand new studio album, due in 2010, the timing also seems right to take a trip down memory lane and listen to some of the band’s earlier achievements! The newly compiled Tea and Sympathy album is a concise overview of the bands early home and studio recordings and proves they have never been short of a good tune! This new collection, also out in 2010, is released on the new Bremen-based Songs and Whispers label. In the meantime, keep an eye on their official site for the latest news on recordings and upcoming live shows! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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