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Hamfatter

Hamfatter

Hamfatter


Hamfatter are a pop rock band from Cambridge, England, formed in 2002. The core of the band is a three-piece, comprising Eoin O'Mahony (vocals, piano, bass), James "Jimbo" Ingham (guitar, backing vocals) and Mark Ellis (drums). Eoin O'Mahony is the younger brother of the author Daniel O'Mahony. Following tours of local venues throughout the UK, and several line-up changes, Hamfatter signed to Pink Hedgehog Records in 2003. Hamfatter's first official album Read more on Last.fm
Hamfatter are a pop rock band from Cambridge, England, formed in 2002. The core of the band is a three-piece, comprising Eoin O'Mahony (vocals, piano, bass), James "Jimbo" Ingham (guitar, backing vocals) and Mark Ellis (drums). Eoin O'Mahony is the younger brother of the author Daniel O'Mahony. Following tours of local venues throughout the UK, and several line-up changes, Hamfatter signed to Pink Hedgehog Records in 2003. Hamfatter's first official album, Fireworks (April 2004), enjoyed moderate success - particularly in and around Cambridge, where the band had built up a following. The album exhibits several different styles. Hamfatter's next release, Girls in Graz (May 2006), continued to raise the band's UK profile. The title track received radio-play and became a surprise hit in Austria, and two European tours followed.

During this time Intim Productions of Vienna produced a DVD featuring live performances, interviews and a video for the song "Fireworks". In June 2006 Hamfatter were booked to headline the main stage at Strawberry Fair, Cambridge's summer festival. For this performance in front of an audience of several thousand, the usual three-piece line-up was enhanced by a horn section and double bass. This larger line-up has featured at most of the band's subsequent performances. Hamfatter recorded their third studio album, entitled What Part of Hamfatter Do You Not Understand?, in summer 2007. Its lead single, "Sziget (We Get Wrecked)", reached 13 in the UK indie charts, and 54 in the UK singles charts. NME wrote a review in 2007 saying "Hamfatter carry an arsenal of power-pop nuggets including the amazing 'Sziget' which deserves to be a hit." Dragons' Den The band appeared on the UK edition of Dragons' Den on BBC2 on 21 July 2008, where they performed an extract from "Sziget (We Get Wrecked)" in an attempt to secure a £75,000 investment as an alternative to a standard record deal.

After offers from four of the five potential investors, they agreed a deal with Peter Jones. The following day, Peter Jones appeared on The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1 and Hamfatter's next single "The Girl I Love" was previewed. It was then announced that the song is available to download now and will be available to buy physically in mid-August 2008. Within one hour of their appearance on Dragons' Den, the single had sold 500 copies via downloads, with a further 1,000 selling later that night. On the UK Singles Chart published on July 27, 2008, the song entered at #71.

Released on CD and vinyl a month later, the single entered the indie singles chart at #3. Hamfatter's unorthodox method of raising funding from outside the record label system led to some negative comment in e.g. the New Musical Express and the Guardian. The NME subsequently published a negative review by Nick Haynes of the re-released album What Part of Hamfatter Do You Not Understand without indicating that the album had previously received a favourable review from another NME journalist; the latter review did however, contain praise for The Girl I Love, the only new track recorded after the band had secured financial backing from Peter Jones. Elsewhere, the Dragons' Den deal was greeted with interest and cautious praise from industry figures such as Dave Eringa, Feargal Sharkey and New Musical Express news editor Paul Stokes.

Reports that Hamfatter were due to sign a record contract with Simon Cowell or Sony were dismissed by the band as journalistic invention. Hamfatter were also interviewed by Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 on the afternoon of 14 August 2008. On 31 August 2008 the band's second single "The Girl I Love" went straight in at number 3 on the Radio One indie chart. Gleefully bounding indie pop... a delightfully fresh album. Metro, Jul 18, 2007 If Hamfatter's chart single 'Sziget' were a lady, I would fine dine her, recite her love poetry and then retire her to my bedroom where I would romance her until the wee hours. BBC Radio Cambs, Jul 16, 2007 A hugely entertaining listen. 4/5 The Sun, Jul 13, 2007 The year’s best kept indie secret is here. Word Magazine, Jul 01, 2007 Hamfatter are as refreshing as a lemon sorbet in the kalahari desert. Hi Fi News , Jun 01, 2007 About the single: 'Sziget (We Get Wrecked)': I love this song. I want to marry this song. About the album 'What Part Of Hamfatter Do You Not Understand?': I've just been listening to your album and white stuff has come out the end.

It's awesome. DJ Jeremy Sallis, BBC Cambs, May 04, 2007 A bubbly mixture of Pop and Folk, the many musical styles knitted together by a certain 70s era happiness. The Standard, May 01, 2007 Badly Drawn Boy with amphetamines sprinkled in his tea. Falter, Feb 01, 2006 Catchy tunes, clever lyrics and dark undertones. Zeitgeist, Feb 04, 2005 Hamfatter's music simply shimmers with quality. Dorset Echo, Feb 01, 2005 http://www.hamfatter.net 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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