Famous Bands from York

Famous Bands from York

York has a vibrant music scene, giving us many major names, as well as a plethora of not-so-major bands who are still revered in the local scene. York is also pretty diverse when it comes to music. Bands like The Seahorses have a very different vibe to the more classically-influenced rockers Elliot Minor, and it stretches to the hard-hitting metal of Asking Alexandria. Whatever your tastes, there's a band from York you'll love.

The Seahorses

The Seahorses, formed by from Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, were short-lived but highly successful. Their first and only album 'Do It Yourself' debuted at #2 on the UK album charts and went on to obtain platinum status. This album was written when they moved to North Hollywood after a series of secret warm-up gigs to record with legends David Bowie and producer Tony Visconti, writing one song with Oasis' Liam Gallagher. However, after the success of their debut, the band fell on hard times. Drummer Andy Watts had to be removed from the band for his behaviour on tour, and when they then replaced him to record a follow-up album, they decided to split due to musical differences. Although short-lived, The Seahorses are a great example of huge musical talent from York.

Elliot Minor

Initially, a duo called The Academy, Alex Davis and Ed Minton were joined by drummer Dan Heatherton and his brother Ed and finally keyboardist Ali Paul to form Elliot Minor. They shot to fame when they won a MySpace competition to support McFly for a song on their Greatest Hits tour in 2006. Their first album debuted at #6 on the UK album charts and was well-received by critics. Recently though they've dropped off the radar somewhat, with their second album lacking in sales compared to their debut. However, their classical training gives them a solid base to bring things back.

Shed Seven

You might not realise it in the wake of Britpop giants Oasis and Blur, but Shed Seven were York's significant contributor to the scene, taking much of their influence from The Smiths. They saw chart success, with fifteen singles top forty singles and four top twenty albums in the six years of their prime between 1994 and 1999. Officially getting back together in 2007 for their Greatest Hits tour, the band continues to play around the UK to this day, although they haven't released a new album yet. During the band's long hiatus, drummer Alan Leach returned to York to teach drums - an exciting opportunity if you're in the area.

One Night Only

One Night Only formed in York in 2003. Initially, they didn't have a vocalist but soon came George Craig who was asked to sing. However, he also insisted he played the guitar as well, resulting in guitarist Kai Smith's departure from the band. In the beginning, they played mostly covers but soon moved onto their own material. Their name came about because they were asked to play a gig, and intended the name to be literally for 'Only Night Only', but it stuck. Later, in 2007, they began producing their debut album 'Started a Fire' with famous U2 producer Steve Lillywhite. The album was met with commercial and critical success, with several singles from the album breaking into the Top 40 of the UK charts. They followed their successful first album with the slightly less well-received self-titled album, and are 

Asking Alexandria

Originally formed Dubai, guitarist Ben Bruce disbanded the original Asking Alexandria to make a fresh start in York, keeping the name. After some initial line-up changes, Ben, Cameron Liddell, Danny Worsnop, Sam Bettley and (most importantly) drummer James Cassells recorded 'Stand Up And Scream' in 2008 to moderate commercial and critical acclaim. Through touring in the US with bands like Enter Shikari, the band gained recognition, so that by the time they began recording their follow-up album 'Reckless & Relentless' they had a large following, particularly in North America. To generate hype, they live streamed parts of the recording process with producer Joey Sturgis. This led to a much more successful album, landing at #9 in the US charts. The band have gone on to release a controversial short film titled 'Through Sin + Self Destruction', taking an uncensored look at the lives of modern rock stars. They have an album planned for release in 2013, so look out for that.

Photography: Christian Bertrand

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