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Origin United Kingdom
Genres Experimental rock
Indie rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels V2 Records
Associated acts Test Icicles
Lightspeed Champion
Website Official website
Members Ferry Gouw
Chris Steele-Nicholson
Past members Adriana Alba

Semifinalists are an English indie rock band.


Adriana Alba (vocals/keyboards), Ferry Gouw (vocals/guitar) and Chris Steele-Nicholson (vocals/guitar/bass/drums/keyboards) met at film school, the group attempted to create a soundtrack for a friend's film. Jamming and experimenting in a rehearsal space from this period brought about the embryonic sounds of the Semifinalists' self-titled debut album.[1]

After signing to V2, their debut album was released on 10 April 2006 on their own label imprint, Regal Bear.[2]

The group recorded the follow-up to their self-titled debut album, entitled 2,[3] which was released 23 June 2008.[4] Alba left the band in spring 2008.

The group toured with Lightspeed Champion in 2008, where Hynes played with the group in place of Alba on occasion.

Other projects[edit]

In 2005 Gouw and Steele-Nicholson started a film production company called Muscle. Gouw has directed music videos for the latest musical project of Devonte Hynes, the folk-act Lightspeed Champion. Gouw directed the videos for Galaxy of the Lost and Midnight Surprise.[5]

In early 2009, Steele-Nicholson started a new band called Oh Minnows.




  • "Show the Way" (A side) / "Your Heart" (B side)
  • "You Said" (A side) / "Whispering Mice" (B side)
  • "DC" (A side) / "Moonlight Bounced" (B side)
  • "Odd Situation" (A side) / "Odd Situation - Tapedeck Remix" (B side)


  1. ^ "Semifinalists : Biog V2 Music : United Kingdom". V2 Records. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  2. ^ " listing". Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Semifinalists announce single and album (news)". Noize Makes Enemies. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Semifinalists: Discography V2 Music : United Kingdom". V2 Records. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  5. ^ "". Ferry Gouw. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 

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