Missing Andy

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Missing Andy
OriginEssex, England
GenresAlternative rock, post-Britpop, ska, mod revival, British hip hop
Years active2010–present
Websitewww.missingandy.com
www.facebook.com/missingandyofficial
MembersAlex Greaves
Jonathan Sharpe
Rob Jones
Steve Rolls
Elliot Richardson

Missing Andy are a British mod influenced band based in Essex. The group comprises Alex Greaves, Jonathan Sharpe, Rob Jones, Steve Rolls and Elliot Richardson. The band's debut single "The Way We're Made (Made In England)" reached number 38 on the UK Singles Chart and number 7 on the UK Indie Chart in September 2010, after their status was confirmed as runners-up in Sky1's television talent competition, Must Be The Music. Their debut digital only single The Greatest Show On Earth - Act I was released on 4 October 2010, with four tracks. It is said to be part of a compilation of an unspecified number of singles. Missing Andy have released 3 full studio albums (Generation Silenced, Guerrilla Invasion Pt. 1 and Guerrilla Invasion Pt. 2).

History[edit]

2008–11: Early years[edit]

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Missing Andy were good friends when they formed to make a band in 2008. They played in local pubs and clubs in Essex, and gained some popularity on the internet, both through Facebook popularity, and on YouTube.

2011–2012: Must Be the Music and album[edit]

The band auditioned for Must Be the Music in the summer of 2010, wowing the crowd at their first audition. They got through to the semi-finals by decision of the judges, and thanks to the public phone votes they reached the final, ultimately reaching the final three. Missing Andy lost out to Emma's Imagination, who won the competition outright, making Missing Andy runners-up along with 5 piece band The Pictures. In October 2010 band released the first part of a download-only digital single series containing four tracks and in October 2011, they released their debut full album Generation Silenced as a download-only digital format.

Having reflected upon being on the show, the band have since said of the positive and negative qualities of it with Greaves saying, "The TV show kind of damaged us a bit, but good things have come of it," [1]

2012–present: Acoustic EP and Guerrilla Invasion[edit]

In 2012, Missing Andy began work on a follow-up to Generation Silenced. In January 2013, the band released an Acoustic EP showcasing acoustic versions of new songs that would feature on their new album. The EP consisted of four songs: "It's Over", "Young Disciple", "Mr. Policeman" and "Slip Away", all acoustic versions. The EP gained positive reviews and charted highly in the iTunes rock chart.

The band announced via the Internet that their second album is to be called Guerrilla Invasion and the first single taken from it would be "Feel Like This". A video for "Feel Like This" was released on YouTube on 23 February. The single was released on 11 March 2013, and the album Guerrilla Invasion was released on 1 April 2013 in two parts.

Missing Andy announced via their Twitter page on 29 January, that they would hold an album launch party for Guerrilla Invasion at London's KOKO on 29 March 2013. Attendees would be able to hear the brand new songs before release and could purchase the album and new merchandise before the album was released.

In support of the double-album, Missing Andy embarked on their Guerrilla Invasion Tour. The tour featured dates around the UK including dates in Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Birmingham. The tour started in March 2013 (at London's KOKO) and ran through the summer till October 2013.

Members[edit]

  • Alex Greaves - vocals
  • Jonathan Sharpe - synth/keyboards
  • Rob Jones - bass, backing vocals
  • Steve Rolls - guitar, backing vocals
  • Elliot Richardson - drums, piano

Former members[edit]

  • Gareth Babet - synth/keyboards

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
UK UK Indie Chart
2010 The Greatest Show On Earth - Act I - -
2011 Generation Silenced - -
2013 Guerrilla Invasion Pt. 1 61 9
2013 Guerrilla Invasion Pt. 2 65 10
"-" denotes a title that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
UK
UK IND
2010 "The Way We're Made (Made in England)" 38 7
"Sing for the Deaf" 36 8
"A Call to Arms"
2011 "Kings for the Weekend"
"Dave"
"Money"
2013 "Feel Like This"

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