Hundred Reasons

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Hundred Reasons
Hundred Reasons - Thekla - Nov 2009.jpg
Hundred Reasons in November 2009
Background information
Origin Aldershot, Hampshire, UK
Genres Alternative Rock
Years active 1999-present
Labels V2 Records
Columbia Records
Associated acts
Website hundredreasons.com
Members Andy Bews
Colin Doran
Andy Gilmour
Larry Hibbitt
Past members Paul Townsend
Ben Doyle

Hundred Reasons is an English alternative rock band from Aldershot, Hampshire, formed in 1999. The band consists of Colin Doran (vocals), Larry Hibbitt (guitar, vocals), Andy Gilmour (bass) and Andy Bews (drums).

After fourteen months of near-constant touring, Hundred Reasons released their debut album, Ideas Above Our Station (2002), to critical acclaim and commercial success. The album yielded the singles, "If I Could", "Silver" and "Falter", and was followed by Shatterproof Is Not a Challenge in 2004. After being dropped by Columbia Records, the band released their third studio album, Kill Your Own (2006) on V2 Records. Guitarist and vocalist Paul Townsend departed from the band following its release, and was replaced by Ben Doyle for the band's fourth and final studio album, Quick the Word, Sharp the Action (2007).

Following three years of inactivity, the band reunited with Paul Townsend in 2012, and announced plans for a ten-year anniversary tour to celebrate the release of Ideas Above Our Station.

Hundred Reasons have sold in excess of 250,000 records,[1] and have won three Kerrang! awards for: "Best New Band" (2000), "Best Album" (2002) and "Best Unsigned Act" (2004).

Career[edit]

Ideas Above Our Station and Shatterproof is Not a Challenge (2002-2004)[edit]

The band's debut album, Ideas Above Our Station, reached No. 6 in the UK Albums Chart and spawned several Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart.[2] The band went on to tour extensively throughout Europe and Japan. Despite selling 65,000 copies of their second album, Shatterproof Is Not A Challenge, they were dropped by Sony BMG in June 2004. Colin Doran has said "Our relationship soured with Sony when the MD left the company as he was the reason that we signed in the first place. We felt that decisions made after that event were impacting the band in a negative way so we were happy to leave the label and were banking on it." [3]

Kill Your Own and Townsend's departure (2005-2006)[edit]

Hundred Reasons signed to V2 Records in September 2005, and their third album, Kill Your Own - produced by guitarist Larry Hibbitt - was released on 20 March 2006.

On 9 August 2006, it was announced on the band's official website that guitarist and vocalist Paul Townsend would be leaving the band following their tour of Japan in early September. Townsend's departure was said to be 'totally amicable', and Ben Doyle of The Lucky Nine joined the band as his replacement.

Quick the Word, Sharp the Action (2007-2009)[edit]

The band's fourth album, Quick the Word, Sharp the Action, was released on 15 October 2007. However, less than a month after the album's release, V2 Records was purchased by Universal Records - leaving the band without a record label. Hundred Reasons describe the situation as: "depressingly similar to when Shatterproof was released in 2004. Lightning has struck, hard. Twice."[4] Larry Hibbit joked in interview that "if you count publishing, we have now had more record labels than albums."[5] The band re-released the album on 20 April 2009, preceded by the single "I'll Never Know".

In April 2009, bassist Andy Gilmour stated that: "when [the band] actually have something to release we’ll release it. I can’t really give a date. So far, we’ve only had one proper practise where we were actually writing. We came out with one really good song, but to do a whole album’s worth is tough; it’s going to take a while.".[6]

In October 2009, Doran when asked "any news or ideas for the next album? have you guys been playing around with any new material or ideas for the next album?" stated "We don’t have the time to get together as much as we’d like these days but we do jam and slowly but surely, we’re getting a new record together. It may take a while, we will make sure it is worth the wait." [3]

Ideas Above Our Station anniversary shows (2012)[edit]

In 2012, following three years of inactivity, the band announced that they would be performing their debut album, Ideas Above Our Station, in full at Sonisphere Festival to mark its ten-year anniversary. The festival, however, was subsequently cancelled.[7]

At around this time, the band posted a photograph online featuring founding guitarist Paul Townsend amongst its line-up, with a caption reading, "6 years later..." It was later confirmed that Townsend had rejoined Hundred Reasons and that the band were "immensely super-pleased about this."[8] Regarding the band's return, guitarist Larry Hibbitt noted, "We sort of fizzled out a little bit and never went out with a bang or split up. We’ve been talking about trying to get together to try and mark the anniversary – it’s not even a reunion, it’s not a comeback, I don’t know what it is!"[9]

Hibbitt also noted that the band will not record a fifth studio album: "We’d have to change our lives so much to put ourselves in a position where we’d make a good Hundred Reasons record. We could toss off an average Hundred Reasons record, but there’s no desire to do that. I don’t think that any of us want to do it full-time again. We’re being realistic. Six months of hard work to make an album is not really on the cards."[9]

In April 2012, the band announced that they would be performing at both Banquet Records Big Day Out and 2000Trees, and that the overall amount of anniversary shows would be limited due to the availability of each band member. Hell is for Heroes drummer Joe Birch will be performing with the band in the summer, due to drummer Andy Bews' prior commitments, with the band stating, "In the winter, there’ll be a special thing with Bewsy and then that will be it for the foreseeable future."[10]

On May 8, the band revealed that guitarist Paul Townsend will no longer be performing with the band at 2000Trees or Big Day Out, casting his position within the band in doubt.[11]

Band members[edit]

Current

  • Andy Bews - drums (1999–present)
  • Colin Doran - lead vocals (1999–present)
  • Andy Gilmour - bass (1999–present)
  • Larry Hibbitt - guitar, vocals (1999–present)

Former

  • Paul Townsend - guitar, vocals (1999–2006, 2012)
  • Ben Doyle - guitar (2006–2012)

Touring

  • Joe Birch - drums (2012, 2014)
  • Cal Owen - guitar (2012, 2014)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • EpOne (2000) EP
  • EpTwo (2001) EP UK No. 47
  • EpThree (2001) EP UK No. 37
  • Hundred Reasons/Garrison split (2001) EP
  • "Lamps Collapsing" (2002) Fan club release only
  • "If I Could" (2002) UK No. 19
  • "Silver" (2002) UK No. 15
  • "Falter" (2002) UK No. 38
  • "The Great Test" (2003) UK No. 29
  • "What You Get" (2004) UK No. 30
  • "How Soon Is Now?" (2004) UK No. 47
  • "Kill Your Own" (2006) UK No. 45
  • "The Perfect Gift" (2006)
  • "The Chance/Live Fast, Die Ugly" (2006)
  • "No Way Back" (2007)
  • "I'll Never Know" (2009) (download only)
  • "Break the Glass" (2009) (download only)[2]

Music Videos[edit]

  • Remmus (2001)
  • I'll Find You (2001)
  • If I Could (2002)
  • Silver (2002)
  • Falter (2002)
  • The Great Test (2003)
  • Harmony (2004)
  • Kill Your Own (2006)
  • The Perfect Gift (2006)
  • The Chance (2006)
  • No Way Back (2007)
  • I'll Never Know (2009)
  • Break the Glass (2009)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Dead Cheap Fierce Panda Sampler - (September 2000, features "Cerebra")
  • Born To Do It Better - (October 2000, features "Change Of Season")
  • Rumours, Ridicule and the Profit Motive - (January 2001, features "Counting The Days")
  • Please Take Off Your Shoes Before Entering - (March 2001, features "Slow Learner")
  • Rumours, Ridicule and the Profit Motive - (April 2001, features "Counting The Days")
  • Commercial Breakdown Vol. 2 - (August 2001, features "Different" and "Wireframe")
  • Mosh & Go - (October 2001, features "Slow Learner")
  • Oli Coles 'appy Days - (March 2012, features "falter")
  • How Soon Is Now - The Songs of the Smiths - (March 2004, features their cover of "How Soon Is Now?")

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hundred Reasons". Hundredreasonsband.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 263. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ a b Colin Doran Interview, Rocksins.com
  4. ^ Hundredreasons.com - pg 78
  5. ^ Jonny Blog. "J Blogs Webzine". J-blogswebzine.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  6. ^ Andy Gilmour interview, Stereokill.net
  7. ^ "Sonisphere Cancellation Nixes Adam Lambert and Queen gig | Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "50 acts across 4 stages - Bank Holiday - Monday 4th June At Banquet's Big Day Out". Banquet Records.com. 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  9. ^ a b Ritchie, Andy. "Hundred Reasons: "We Want to Leave a Good-Looking Corpse" | Rock Sound". rocksound.tv. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "10 years ago this week, Silver was released. Love... - Hundred Reasons". Hundredreasonsband.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 

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Interviews[edit]