We Do Not Negotiate with Terrorists

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We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists
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We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists, Gothenburg, 12 November 2011.
From left to right: Bob Dramountanis, Steve Sarasini, Ross Downing, Oskar Lissborg, Sophia Axelsson
Background information
Also known as Terrorists UK, The Terrorists
Origin Salford, Greater Manchester
Genres Post-punk, post-Britpop, post-punk revival
Years active 2006–present
Members Ross Downing
Carolina Ranta
Bob Dramountanis
Linus Grundell

We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists is a band founded and fronted by vocalist/guitarist Ross Downing, originally from Salford in the UK, now based in Gothenburg, Sweden.[1] The band signed to Loud Attic Records in September, 2012 and released the single "Big If" on 28 September 2012.[2]

Early history[edit]

The band self-released their debut EP, Bombing the Underground in summer 2007, featuring guest artists such as Be The Bear, Jacques Labouchere and Oholics.[3] Despite being a categorically underground music act, the band has received commercial attention such as regular radio airplay in Leeds,[4] Greece,[5][6] Salford[7] and Manchester,[8] including the BBC.[9] Musically the band's genre has been described by BBC Manchester as "Manchester-influenced pop punk"[9] which Natalie Shaw, head of the record label One Bird Records, also commented as having "the fuzzy grey skies of Manchester in their music".[10]

Comparisons[edit]

A substantial portion of the media coverage of the band have made reference to a surprising variety of genres and comparative bands, with the BBC calling them "a mashed-up myriad of music".[9] Bands that the Terrorists have been compared to are so numerous and wide-ranging that it warrants mention: from Sham 69,[11] The Strokes,[11] Television Personalities,[12] The Clash,[12][13] Stone Roses,[14] The Specials,[9][12][14] The (International) Noise Conspiracy[9] Arctic Monkeys,[14] Kasabian,[14] and The Fall.[13]

Provocational[edit]

Manchester Music was one of the first publications to criticise the band's politically incorrect appearance.

"The Terrorists choose their basic thrust on a range of ideas borne out of sensationalism – complete with London Underground styled logos, this may cause concern in some quarters as to whether their message justifies the use of such attention grabbing logos and words – but the songs themselves seem to be full of stuff that's more about shouting from the terraces as opposed to anything relevant to the complex affairs of both domestic and world order."[11]

During a 2008 interview for Italian magazine Trouble, the band was again accused of sensationalism. Ross responded:

"Fair enough, I knew I was provoking people with the band name and the CD title also played on that, maybe taking it a bit too far. But people have said that there is a lot of hype around the band because of it, which is bull. I have never gotten any coverage for the band because we are politically provocative, often the opposite- people have just said it was bad taste and told me to go away. Which is fair enough, but they just didn't understand what I was trying to say." [13]

Signing to Loud Attic Records[edit]

The band signed to Loud Attic Records and released the single "Big If" in September 2012.[2] The single is notable for being used on no less than seven separate Volvo TV commercials from August 2013 onwards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muso's Guide Interview". Musosguide.com. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Loud Attic sign Terrorists". http://www.loudattic.com. 28 Sep 2012. Retrieved 29 Sep 2012. 
  3. ^ "We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Airplay on Phoenix FM van We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists op Myspace". Myspace.com. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Martin Köpp. "Indieground radio". Indieground radio. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "On Greek Radio van We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists op Myspace". Myspace.com. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "94.4FM Salford City Radio – Home". Salfordcityradio.org. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists | blog op Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "The Terrorists on the BBC". BBC. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Muso’s Guide Introduces… We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists | Muso’s Guide". Musosguide.com. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c ManchesterMusic.co.uk http://www.music-dash.co.uk/releases/archiverelease.asp?item=4468 9 July 2007
  12. ^ a b c Groove Magazine Volume 6, 2007 http://www.groove.se/
  13. ^ a b c "Italian interview 12 April 2008, "Trouble Zine"". .troublezine.it. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c d Gothenburg Post, Saturday, 1 September 2007 http://www.gp.se