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Briefly starting off as Molotov Cocktail in 2002 with a home demo sent into BBC Radio 1 that was picked up and played by Steve Lamacq on his popular ‘Evening Session’ show, The Fades have had an extensive, successful, often turbulent and extremely varied career

After the first demo under their new moniker; the Fades was played on BBC Radio 1 again, the band released their first official single on newly formed Genepool Records in February 2003. ‘You Say’ , which was recorded, produced and released by the band, was championed and played on regular rotation by (amongst many others) Zane Lowe on the relatively new alternative UK radio station; XFM. From this the group were catapulted into the publics’ musical consciousness and before they knew it, they were on the front of magazines, play listed on radio and touring around the UK – their first ever tour joined by another UK alternative band; Art Brut, with whom they would form a close friendship that remains to this day

Along the way The Fades have secured themselves a particularly vibrant and often overly intoxicated reputation, that guaranteed their existence within the rock ‘n roll annals of excess – often leading them to cause chaos and confusion, but also a great deal of excitement and awe inspiring feats. Depending on which side of the fence you sat, you either loved or hated them live, but would never be left feeling nothing at all. From jumping out of windows behind the stage and being slapped by bouncers during their sets, to falling off stage and swapping clothes, you could never say they were predictable

The Fades have toured all over the UK and Europe and released records in the UK and US. With songs featured on a number of TV shows, DVD’s and many radio playlists around the World. Probably best known for their truly exciting and unpredictable live shows however, The Fades have never seemingly managed to capture this exhilarating experience on tape

Therefore, throughout their often tumultuous and always unpredictable existence there has been one consistently recurring question put to the band – “when are you going to release a live record?”

Finally succumbing to the requests, in December 2009 they dusted off their guitars, drank (a lot) and headed into a sweaty rehearsal room in Acton, West London to set up and record their set completely live

The session started well, the band had already been partying for days before a note had been played and quickly started jamming some improvised riffs, with a brand new improvised song ‘Free Camera’ coming together whilst getting their sound levels. Throughout the afternoon a small crowd gathered in the studio and the party continued. As the magic started to happen it was only a matter of time before someone’s trousers fell down and clothes were taken off (during ‘You Say’) or someone got run-over doing another beer run

Fans will be glad to know they have not faltered in their resurgent assault on their equipment and your hi-fi, and the usual Molotov cocktail of humour and adrenalin comes smashing in through your speakers

“The best thing to come out of Richmond since the Yardbirds” John Moore (The John Moore Rock n’ Roll Trio/Black Box Recorder)

thefades Fades, London, Britain (UK)

  • A Comment on thefades's
    THE FADES - Meccano at 0.15
    on February 24, 2013 20:46
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    THE FADES - Meccano at 0.50
    on May 25, 2012 08:33

    @19bcpimp69d: thanks! Check out the video here too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTHrpkiVZIc it's pretty nuts

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