Meet Me in St. Louis (band)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Meet Me in St. Louis
Origin Guildford, Surrey, England
Genres Post-hardcore, emo, indie rock, math rock
Years active 2005–2008, 2016
Labels Big Scary Monsters/Function Records, Denovali Records
Website meetmeinstlouis.co.uk
Past members Benny Llewelyn
Toby Hayes
Oli Knowles
Paul Phillips
Lewis Reynolds

Meet Me in St. Louis are a post-hardcore band from Guildford, Surrey, formed in 2005 and disbanded in 2008.

History[edit]

Meet Me in St. Louis first formed in 2005.[1] They were signed to Function Records & BSM Records in England and Denovali Records in Germany, the band's name originates from the 1944 film of the same name. In 2005 they recorded a three-track demo, Promise me that we'll never be like them. I don't want to wind up like that. Relax, baby. We're going to end up like us. The next year they made their first official release, a five-track EP on Function Records called And With the Right Kind of Eyes You Can Almost See the High Water Mark That Place Where the Wave Finally Broke and Rolled Back.

After a split release with fellow labelmates Secondsmile and contributions to several compilations, the band released their much-hyped first LP Variations on Swing received a nationwide release on 24 September 2007 on Big Scary Monsters Records.

The band have been featured on and supported by several important British publications such as Drowned in Sound, Kerrang, Rock Sound and NME.[2]

In January 2008 the band said they were planning a break after 3 years continual touring.[1] But on 6 February 2008, the band confirmed that they are no more.[3] This comes after claims made by the band at their final show at the Queen Charlotte, Norwich the previous night (4 February 2008)

The first ever 'Meet Me in St Louis Day' – an unofficial bank holiday invented by the bands label, Big Scary Monsters Recording Company – took place on Wednesday 24 September 2008, with fans all over the world paying their respects. It is hoped this will become an annual event so that the bands memory may live on and future generations appreciate their musical brilliance.

In January 2016, three shows were announced for Leeds and two in London in June after 8 years of silence.

Toby's departure[edit]

On 30 October 2007 the band announced through its official website that vocalist Toby Hayes had decided to leave Meet Me in St. Louis but assured that the rest of the band would find a new vocalist and continue going on strong.[4] Toby formed Shoes and Socks Off who released several albums with Big Scary Monsters, and was a founding member of Shield Your Eyes and Love Among The Mannequins. He now writes using the moniker Eugene Quell.

Other projects[edit]

Bassist Lewis Reynolds went on to play in the Kingston "math-pop" band Colour (who played their final show on 18 September 2009), whilst Toby Hayes began a solo project called Shoes and Socks Off (and played his final show on 24 September 2012). In early 2009 Oliver Knowles filled in for Daniel Neal, violinist of Yndi Halda on their American tour and featured on the Secondsmile album "Years".

It was announced as of 11 September 2009 that Reynolds and Knowles would join Paul Philips to play alongside former Bullet Union singer and guitar player Jodie Cox in their new band Tropics. Tropics changed their name to Exes in mid-2014 and released their debut album 'Phantasmaboring' on 28 July 2014.

Discography[edit]

Date of Release Title label
2005 Promise me that we'll never be like them. I don't want to wind up like that. Relax, baby. We're going to end up like us. Self-released
2006 And With the Right Kind of Eyes You Can Almost See the High Water Mark That Place Where the Wave Finally Broke and Rolled Back Function Records
24 September 2007 Variations on Swing BSM Records / Denovali Records

Videography[edit]

  • Why Thank You, Suzie (2006)
  • All We Need Is A Little Energon, And A Lot of Luck (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Groves, Nancy (10 January 2008). "Meet Me in St Louis – post hardcore lovelies". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ BSM – Bands – Meet Me In St Louis
  3. ^ BSM – News
  4. ^ http://www.meetmeinstlouis.co.uk/HDS/MMISL.nsf/MMISL?OpenForm&page=home

External links[edit]