The Metros

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The Metros
Origin Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2006–2009
Labels 1965 Records (Sony BMG/Columbia)
Members

Charlie Elliott (bass)
Freddi Hyde-Thompson (drums)
Jak Payne (swag guitar)
Joe Simpson (lead

guitar)
Saul Adamczewski (vocals)

The Metros were a five-piece indie/punk band from Peckham, south London, England.[1] Founded by vocalist Saul Adamczewski and lead guitarist Jak Payne, the band was formed while most of the members were still at school.[2]

Background[edit]

The Metros dubbed themselves a 'punk and roll' band and were from a musical background—Adamczewski's father designed record sleeves for A&M and Payne's father played session bass for Glenn Tilbrook. After recording a 5 track demo over two days in March 2006 in Honor Oak Park London with The Mysterious Hand, the band worked with Baxter Dury and were signed to 1965 Records by James Endeacott (who had previously signed The Libertines, The Strokes and The View). When all five members were still under 18. The Guardian described them as "Punk'n'roll urchins".[3]

Formerly known as Eastern Bloc and The Wanking Skankers, they list Squeeze, Ian Dury and Beastie Boys as their major influences.[2]

Their debut single, "Education Pt. 2", was released on March 17, 2008. Their second single, "Last of the Lookers", was released on June 2, 2008.

Live music[edit]

In summer 2007, The Metros played at T in the Park, Bestival, the Hackney Underage Festival, The Great Escape in Brighton, the Skegness Big Reunion Festival,[3] and the BBC Electric Proms.[4] They were booked to support The Coral, but were replaced after throwing a glass bottle into the crowd at the first gig, which smashed on and injured a girl spectator.[1]

The band supported Madness at a special gig in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust on April 3, 2008, at the Royal Albert Hall.[5]

They played the Radio 1/NME Stage at the 2008 Reading and Leeds festivals.[6]

They recently supported The Streets in the UK leg of his tour.[citation needed]

In Late 2008, the band were for forced to cancel four gigs in Japan after vocalist Saul Adamczewski fell ill.[citation needed]

On June 17, 2009 The Metros announced they were splitting up with two farewell shows,with lead singer Saul saying "The Metros are going their separate ways" [7]

Saul has since been playing in The Fat White Family, a band with a very different style altogether.[8]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Education Pt. 2" (March 17, 2008, 1965 Records)
  • "Last of the Lookers" (June 2, 2008, 1965 Records) UK No. 102[9]
  • "Talk About It" (September 8, 2008, 1965 Records)

Album[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Education Part 2 by The Metros, The Times, April 25, 2008
  2. ^ a b Official biography
  3. ^ a b New band of the day: The Metros, The Guardian, February 13, 2008
  4. ^ BBC Electric Proms 2007
  5. ^ The Metros to play with Madness
  6. ^ Reading Festival 2008 line up
  7. ^ http://www.clashmusic.com/news/metros-to-split
  8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/FatWhiteFamily?fref=ts
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart for the week ending 14 June 2008". ChartsPlus (Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd) (355): 1–4. 
  10. ^ "Official Album Chart for the week ending 27 September 2008". ChartsPlus (Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd) (370): 5–8. 

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