2:54

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2:54
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Background information
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Fiction, Fat Possum, Bella Union
Associated acts The Vulgarians
Website www.twofiftyfour.net
Members Colette Thurlow
Hannah Thurlow
Joel Porter
Alex Robins

2:54 are an alternative rock band from London comprising sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow.

History[edit]

The Thurlow sisters were born in Ireland but spent much of their childhood in Bristol after moving there at an early age.[1][2] In 2007 they formed the punk rock band The Vulgarians, and in mid-2010 formed 2:54, named after part of a song by The Melvins (in Colette's words the "point on 'History Of Bad Men' where the bass line turns doomy, and dreamy").[2][3][4]

They first came to public attention in 2010 after putting one of their demos online.[1] Their debut single, "On a Wire", was released in 2011 and was followed with "Scarlet" on Fiction Records.[5] They toured with Warpaint, Wild Beasts, The Big Pink, The Maccabees, and The xx, and played at several festivals including South by Southwest.[3][6][2][7] The sisters were joined for live shows in 2011 by bassist Joel Porter and drummer Alex Robins.[2]

Their self-titled debut album, recorded with producer Rob Ellis and mixed by Alan Moulder, was released in May 2012 on Fiction in the UK and Fat Possum Records in the US.[1][8] It received an 8/10 rating from the NME.[9]

The group played a headlining tour in Autumn 2012.[10]

In 21 July 2014, 2:54 announced they have signed to the independent record label Bella Union, and will be releasing their second album later in the year, streaming the first single off the forthcoming work, entitled "Orion". They have also announced an upcoming UK tour, which will take place in November 2014.[11]

Musical style[edit]

Sian Rowe of The Guardian described them as "a little bit grunge, a little bit shoegaze, with bursts of heavy riffing and the odd psychedelic meander".[3] They have been compared to bands such as Curve and Garbage.[12]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2:54 (2012), Fiction/Fat Possum

1. Revolving 04:01
2. You're Early 04:08
3. Easy Undercover 03:47
4. A Salute 04:24
5. Scarlet 04:41
6. Sugar 04:06
7. Circuitry 04:10
8. Watcher 04:25
9. Ride 03:23
10. Creeping 04:54

Singles[edit]

  • "On a Wire" (2011), House Anxiety
  • "Scarlet" (2011), Fiction
  • "Creeping" (2012), Fiction
  • "You're Early" (2012), Fiction
  • "Sugar" (2012), Fiction
  • "Orion" (2014), Bella Union

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Long, Jen (2012) "2:54 2:54 Review", BBC, 24 May 2012, retrieved 30 September 2012
  2. ^ a b c d "2:54", sxsw.com, 2012, retrieved 30 September 2012
  3. ^ a b c Rowe, Sian (2012) "2:54: the sisters heading to Doom Rock Central", The Guardian, 7 January 2012, retrieved 30 September 2012
  4. ^ Cragg, Michael (2011) "New music: 2:54 – Cold Front", The Guardian, 11 April 2011, retrieved 30 September 2012
  5. ^ Robinson, John (2011) "This week's new live music: 2:54", The Guardian, 9 April 2011, retrieved 30 September 2012
  6. ^ Cragg, Michael (2011) "New music: 2:54 – Scarlet", guardian.co.uk, 14 October 2011, retrieved 30 September 2012
  7. ^ Cochrane, Greg (2012) "Introducing... 2:54", BBC, 16 May 2012, retrieved 7 October 2012
  8. ^ Murray, Noel (2012) "New music we like: 2:54", The A.V. Club, 29 May 2012, retrieved 30 September 2012
  9. ^ "2:54 - '2:54'", NME, 25 May 2012, retrieved 7 October 2012
  10. ^ "2:54 announce extensive October UK tour - ticket details", NME, 15 August 2012, retrieved 30 September 2012
  11. ^ "2:54 sign to Bella Union, stream 'Orion', announce fall tour dates", The 405, 21 July 2014, retrieved 22 July 2014
  12. ^ Lucas, John (2012) "2:54 owes its sound to grey skies and wild places", straight.com, 21 June 2012, retrieved 7 October 2012

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