I Am Kloot

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I Am Kloot
IAmKloot Paradiso.jpg
I Am Kloot in Paradiso (Amsterdam), August 2007
Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Alternative pop,[1] alternative rock,[1] indie rock,[1] indie pop,[1] British traditional rock[1]
Years active 1999–present
Labels

Ugly Man
Wall of Sound

Echo
Skinny Dog
Shepherd Moon[2]
Associated acts Elbow, The Mouth
Website www.iamkloot.com
Members John Bramwell
Peter Jobson
Andy Hargreaves
John Bramwell
Peter Jobson
Andy Hargreaves

I Am Kloot are an English band comprising John Bramwell (guitar/vocals), Peter Jobson (bass guitar) and Andy Hargreaves (drums). The band was formed in Manchester in 1999 and released their first album, Natural History, in 2001.[3]

History[edit]

The band's members were formerly part of a defunct band The Mouth;[3] Bramwell co-fronted The Mouth with Bryan Glancy and the band released one single in the United States (US). I Am Kloot' first album, Natural History, was released in the UK in March 2001 through an offshoot imprint of the Wall of Sound record label, 'We Love You'. Natural History was followed by the I Am Kloot album in September 2003, released on the Echo Records label, and the band enlisted Ian Broudie (The Lightning Seeds) as a producer for the song "Life in a Day".[4]

Echo had originally planned to release "Proof" as a single to promote the second album, but after agreeing on artwork and the track listing, as well as commissioning a Krishna Stott-directed music video that featured Christopher Eccleston, the label decided to issue the single as a download-only release without the agreed-upon material (several copies were issued in Europe on the PIAS record label).[citation needed] The band remained with Echo for the third album, Gods and Monsters (2005), but eventually left the label in 2005, citing Echo's inability to sustain the band's "financial backing" as the reason for the decision.[5]

On 21 November 2005, I Am Kloot issued a limited edition single, entitled "Maybe I Should". The single release followed a domestic tour on which the band played some of their biggest headlining concerts in the UK, and which culminated in a show at the London Astoria. In April 2006, "Only Role in Town" became available as a free download and this was followed by the October 2006 release of an album of session tracks that were recorded for John Peel's BBC Radio One programme over two sessions in 2001 and 2004.[6]

I Am Kloot's fourth studio album, I Am Kloot Play Moolah Rouge, was available at live performances in November 2007 — limited to 2,000 digipak copies that were hand-numbered[7] before it was generally released on 14 April 2008.[8] In October 2009, the band released a double album compilation of B-sides, rarities and previously unreleased songs under the title B.[9]

I Am Kloot's next studio album, Sky at Night, was released on 5 July 2010 through Shepherd Moon Records. The album was produced by Elbow members Craig Potter and Guy Garvey,[2] and resulted in "the greatest sales and acclaim" of the band's career.[10]

The sixth studio album, Let It All In, was released on 21 January 2013 following a live stream of the album on the Guardian website.[11][12] In May 2013, the band announced their biggest headline show to date, which was held at the O2 Apollo Manchester venue in December 2013,[13] and fans were asked by the band to submit song requests.[14]

Awards[edit]

Sky at Night was shortlisted for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize. In response to the nomination, Bramwell stated: "I thought we'd be out of, off people's radar enough, that they wouldn't have, kind of, noticed. One of the factors why they actually did pay attention to this record is the fact that Guy [Garvey] and Craig [Potter] produced it."[10]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

See also: Live at The Trades.

Singles[edit]

From Natural History

From I Am Kloot

  • "Untitled #1" (2003, limited edition vinyl) (#101 UK[15])
  • "Life in a Day" (2003, 2×CD and vinyl) (#43 UK[16]
  • "3 Feet Tall" (2003, 2×CD and vinyl) (#46 UK[16])
  • "From Your Favourite Sky" (2004, numbered CD and download)
  • "Proof" (2004, download)

From Gods and Monsters

  • "Over My Shoulder" (2005, CD and 2×vinyl) (#38 UK[16])
  • "Gods and Monsters (Two Lone Swordsmen)"
  • "I Believe" (download)

From I Am Kloot Play Moolah Rouge

  • "Hey Little Bird" (2008, CD)

Non-album single

From Sky at Night

  • "Northern Skies"/"Lately" (2010, download)[28]
  • "Proof" (2010, download)
  • "Fingerprints" (2010, download)

From Let It All In

  • "Hold Back the Night" (2012, limited edition 7" vinyl)[29]
  • "These Days Are Mine" (2013, limited edition 7" vinyl)
  • "Some Better Day” (2013, promo only)

Band members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e I Am Kloot. AllMusic
  2. ^ a b David Smythe (4 June 2010). "Sound Check: Underdogs I Am Kloot have their day". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "I Am Kloot". Kendal Calling. Kendal Calling. 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "I Am Kloot – I Am Kloot". Discogs. Discogs. 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  5. ^ DiS News (25 August 2005). "I Am Kloot quit Echo". Drowned In Sound. DrownedinSound.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "I Am Kloot – BBC Radio 1 John Peel Sessions". Discogs. Discogs. 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "I Am Kloot – Play Moolah Rouge". Discogs. Discogs. 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Daniel Ross (4 June 2008). "I Am Kloot I Am Kloot Play Moolah Rouge". Drowned In Sound. Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "I Am Kloot – B". Discogs. Discogs. 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Elbow's Garvey and I Am Kloot's Bramwell talk Mercury Prize". BBC News. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "I Am Kloot - Let It All In". iamkloot.com. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "I Am Kloot – Let It All In: exclusive album stream". The Guardian. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "IAK Manchester Apollo". I Am Kloot. I Am Kloot. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Manchester Apollo Requests". I Am Kloot. I Am Kloot. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c d e I Am Kloot favouritesky – discography
  16. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 265. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  17. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - I Am Kloot - Gods And Monsters" (in Dutch). Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "I Am Kloot - I Am Kloot Play Moolah Rouge". dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "20/07/2010 - The Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2010: Nominees & The Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  20. ^ ChartStats.com
  21. ^ a b "I Am Kloot - Sky At Night". dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  22. ^ "charts.de - I Am Kloot - Sky At Night" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "2013 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive 2nd February 2013". Music Archive. The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "I Am Kloot - Let It All In". dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "charts.de - I Am Kloot - Let It All In" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "ultratop.be - I Am Kloot - Let It All In (Flanders)" (in Dutch). ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "ultratop.be - I Am Kloot - Let It All In (Walloon)" (in French). ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  28. ^ "Northern Skies/Lately Digital Multitrack Single Out Now on iTunes. Only £1.98!", 1 June 2010, I Am Kloot official Facebook profile
  29. ^ "I Am Kloot Return!". News. iamkloot.com. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 

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