One Stop Earnest
One Stop Earnest
With this new set up, One Stop infiltrated the Norwich scene, at one point playing gigs almost every weekend. They went on to win the Great Yarmouth Battle of the Bands competition and started working on their first full length album which was recorded at Purple Studios, Norwich. Entitled 'Ska'd For Life', the self-produced album had 10 tracks, and was a big hit in the local area, selling well over 200 copies, and gaining numerous good reviews. With their popularity still rising, and sales of the CD escalating, One Stop continued playing gigs whilst writing new material in a recently found, slightly more technical style. Unfortunately, Toni had to leave the band for personal reasons in 2004, and OSE acquired the services of Michelle Bringloe on sax, to replace her. With their direction ever changing, One Stop acquired another member, Andy Van Zandt on trombone. Now a 7 piece, the band went back into the studio to record Tschoupitulas, a limited edition, 5 track EP. By this point, the members of the band were involved in various different activities outside the band, such as Uni, College and employment, so the amount of gigs they played became less.
So they went back into the studio to record 4 more tracks to add to the 5 off Tschoupitulas to make their second full length album, called Devastate to Liberate, which was subsequently released after the band had disbursed in 2005. The band then parted company with Michelle, and Toni Diggines rejoined the band. They also borrowed trumpet player, Jan Daniel Botma from another good local ska band; Luke's Whisk. Unfortunately, on September 10th 2005, One Stop played their final show at The Ferryboat, Norwich as part of an all-day event. There were many deciding factors that caused the demise of the band, namely that the local ska music scene had severely diminished and also several members had other ambitions in life other than the band. It was an end of an era, one which will live in the hearts of many.
The band would love to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has helped them get as far as they got. Especially their friends, family and of course all of you...the fans! Some of the members went on to form Mickey One Punch with some of the members of Luke's Whisk. 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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