Fear of Music (band)

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Fear of Music
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Alternative rock
Art rock
Electronic music
Years active 2001–2008
Labels Sony-BMG
Website www.fearofmusic.com
Past members Jo Rose
Mike Ward
Ali Esmaail
Rick Morgan
Chris Stanley

Fear of Music were a four-piece alternative rock band from Manchester, England. They formed in 2001 as a threesome consisting of Jo Rose (vocals/guitar), Ali Esmaail (bass) and Chris Stanley (drums). Mike Ward joined the band in 2003 as an additional guitarist after being introduced to the other two members by Rose. They were named after an album by Talking Heads. They have been compared to early Muse by some.

They signed to Sony-BMG in 2005 and were managed by Nettwerk Management. Their 2006 release, entitled Fast.Faster.Fastest. EP, was produced by John Leckie. In February 2007, the band released the We Are Not The Enemy EP, produced by Dimitri Tikovoi.

In May 2007, they toured with Manic Street Preachers for six dates.

In September 2007 Stanley left the band, remaining on good terms with the band, and was replaced by new drummer, Rick Morgan. Throughout mid-2007 the band worked on their debut album, Actor/Actress with Tikovoi. The album, supported by the single, 'First To Go' was never physically released, as in July 2008 it was revealed that the band had been dropped from Sony-BMG.

On 14 October 2008, the band announced on their MySpace page that they were disbanding.


  • A Strange Kind of Terror EP (2004, Unofficial Release)
  1. "A Strange Kind of Terror"
  2. "The Waltz"
  3. "Woodwork"
  • Fear of Music EP (2005, Blowout - BLWT01)
  1. "A Strange Kind of Terror"
  2. "Hey Princess"
  3. "Skin & Bones"
  4. "The Creeps"
  5. "The Waltz"
  6. "Millions Screaming"
  • Fast. Faster. Fastest EP (2006, Urgent Records (an imprint of Sony-BMG))
  1. "A Western Disease"
  2. "Bitter Medicine"
  3. "Interlude"
  4. "Ghost in a Jar"
  5. "16"
  • We Are Not the Enemy EP (2007, Faster Records)
  1. "We Are Not the Enemy"
  2. "A Blueprint"
  3. "The Sheets Twist"
  • Actor/Actress (2008, Faster Records)
  1. "First to Go "
  2. "A Dream, A Murder And A Trip Out Of Town"
  3. "Better Living Through Chemistry"
  4. "Make Believe"
  5. "The Waltz"
  6. "Skin & Bones"
  7. "Put The Lights Out"
  8. "Ropes Out Of Sheets"
  9. "Actor/Actress"
  10. "Let's Make This Into A Movie!"
  11. "A Blueprint"
  12. "A Western Disease"
  • "First to Go" (single) (2008, Faster Records)
  1. "First to Go"
  2. "Give it a Name"
  3. "Perfect Solution"
  4. "Sheets Twist" [Demo]


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