Adequate Seven

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Adequate Seven
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Tom Pinder of Adequate Seven
Background information
Origin Cardiff
Genres Funk rock
Rapcore
Years active 2000–2006
Labels Breaking World Records, Household Name Records
Associated acts Attack! Attack!
Past members Jamie Searle
Pete Barnes
Kassim Basma
Gavin Fitzjohn
Tom Pinder
WD Davies
Ben Reynolds
Jonny Prosser
Matt Price

Adequate Seven were a seven piece punk band from the UK who blended music styles such as hip hop, hardcore, punk, and funk. They formed in 2000 and split in December 2006.

History[edit]

Adequate Seven formed in November 2000 and played their first gig only four weeks later. The band drew upon a diverse selection of influences in creating their sound. In February 2001 the band released the Adequate Seven EP, a 5-track EP on their own label Breaking World Records.

The band was brought to the attention of London-based label Household Name Records who featured one of the band's tracks on their 2002 label sampler, following this with the release of Adequate Seven's début full-length Songs of Innocence and of Experience in March 2003 to critical acclaim.[1]

Adequate Seven embarked on several tours, across the UK as well as mainland Europe, with bands such as Hundred Reasons, Capdown, The Suicide Machines and Fishbone as well as opening up for the likes of Cypress Hill and The Slackers. In the middle of 2004, Matt (Squeak) Price and Jonny Prosser left the band to pursue other musical directions. Gavin Fitzjohn and WD Davies were recruited by the band as replacements. Adequate Seven also played Compass Point Festival in Cardiff and appeared on the BBC Radio 1 Lock Up stage at the 2006 Reading Festival (Carling Weekend).

By the time Adequate Seven split up in 2006 they had played nearly 600 gigs all over Europe and had recorded 6 BBC sessions, 2 albums and an EP. The band left a unique musical legacy which has continued to influence bands around the world. Their albums are still regularly included in lists of great but obscure records in the music press, including on the NME's list in 2012. [2]

Audio Rehab[edit]

Adequate Seven left Household Name Records early in 2005, instead choosing to release their debut single "Splitting Up" on Audio Rehab - a predominantly drum & bass label. According to vocalist Jamie Searle, the move was "totally friendly. We still get on with [Household Name], we're totally supportive of what they do, they still support our band and what we do."[3]

Trombonist Tom Pinder added: "...we felt with this next album that it was time to take some big risks for the sake for the band's continuing progress, and perhaps even for its survival. We were recording an album in late last year that we had decided to release through Household Name, but we knew exactly what would happen if we released the record with them. We'd have sold a few thousand copies over the next couple of years and we'd be able to keep touring the same circuit and perhaps break into Europe a bit more but we'd still not really have an income from the band or any real prospect of one, and therefore because of various pressures on some of us individually we'd be struggling to continue to commit ourselves fully to the band. We decided that we needed a label that could get us out there and pay for us to spend the time and money necessary to make good records. Whilst Household Name is an excellent independent label, they don't work on a scale that could accommodate those extra things."[4]

Searle was also sure to make the point that Adequate Seven would not suffer artistically from their move to the new label: "...we're not about to start working with machines any time soon. We're doing exactly what we did before, which was get into the practice room, write some tunes, have a bit of a dance."[3]

The band released the "Splitting Up" single on 12 inch vinyl and CD in August 2005. The track caused interest on BBC Radio 1's evening shows, including being crowned Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record in the World".

Here On Earth[edit]

Prior to the release of their second LP release, Adequate Seven announced that a double A-side single - "Head Up High" / "Gotta Stay Focused" - would be released on 12 June 2006 via the band's own label, Breaking World Records.

Here On Earth was released on 19 June 2006. The album garnered mostly positive reviews.

Split[edit]

After rumours began circulating on the Internet [5] about the band splitting up, Adequate Seven posted a statement [6] confirming the rumours:

"After nearly six years, and nearly 600 gigs, we've come to the decision that its the right time to call it a day."

The band released a final single, a free download of Set Your Sights and went on one final tour. The band recorded their final London gig, at the Underworld venue, and released a live album on Gravity DIP Records entitled "Last Night in London" in December 2006.[7]

Adequate Seven played their final farewell gig on 10 December 2006 to a sold out crowd at Cardiff Student's Union. Boom in the Diamond Industry, Captain Everything, Shootin' Goon, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and Capdown all supported. Original members Jonny Prosser and Matt Price performed with the band during their set.

After Adequate Seven[edit]

Many members of the band have gone on to have further success in the music industry after the demise of Adequate Seven. Gavin Fitzjohn joined Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly in early 2007 and toured and recorded with the band for 18 months before leaving to join Paolo Nutini’s band, with whom he still plays. Tom Pinder has also played with Get Cape Wear Cape Fly since early 2008, and also plays alongside Fitzjohn with Paolo Nutini’s band, including numerous TV appearances.

Will Davies has had success with the Cardiff-based rock quartet Attack! Attack! who are touring the UK and Europe extensively to support the release of their first album. The band are also featured on the latest addition of Activisions Guitar Hero 5 as well as having had their single "You and Me" included in an episode of Beverly Hills 90210.

Jamie Searle has a successful career in the music industry in London working for a major record label. He also sings with London based post-hardcore supergroup March of the Raptors.

Ben Reynolds plays with post-indie rockers Markers, which also features members of other Cardiff bands including The Take and Douglas.

Fitzjohn, Pinder and Davies also play in the ska band Capital City Ska alongside Adequate Seven's former manager Matt Redd, which has also occasionally featured Pete Barnes on guitar.

Jonny Prosser has played and recorded with London hip hop collective Ill Bidone and is now a session bassist and web/music producer. He is currently recording and playing live with Australian hip hop artist (and former flatmate) Cozzabags.

Pete Barnes is currently studying for a doctorate in astral physics at the University of Winnipeg and recently cameod in the remake of Arrested Development.

Discography[edit]

Albums/EPs/DVDs[edit]

Year Album Label Notes
2001 Adequate 7 EP Breaking World Records Recorded with original bassist Jonny Prosser and original trumpet player Matt Price (the artist formerly known as Squeak)
2003 Songs of Innocence and of Experience Household Name Records Recorded with original bassist Jonny Prosser and original trumpet player Matt Price. Price also played keyboards on the album.
2006 Here on Earth Breaking World Records
2006 Last Night in London (live album) Gravity DIP Records
Cancelled split DVD with Sonic Boom Six Punkervision Planned but cancelled when the band split.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Label
2005 "Splitting Up" Audio Rehab Records
2006 "Gotta Stay Focused/Head Up High" Breaking World Records
2006 "Set Your Sights" download only

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Savage (2003). "Review from Punktastic.com". Punktastic. Retrieved 2006-08-19. 
  2. ^ NME
  3. ^ a b Ben Patashnik (2005). "Interview from Punktastic.com". Punktastic. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  4. ^ James McLaren (2005). "Interview: Adequate 7". Sound Nation. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  5. ^ Paul Savage (2006). "News post from Punktastic.com". Punktastic. Retrieved 2006-08-30. [dead link]
  6. ^ Paul Savage (2006). "News post from Punktastic.com". Punktastic. Retrieved 2006-08-30. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Amazon Sales listing". 2006. 

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