Six by Seven
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|Six By Seven|
|Also known as||SIX.BY SEVEN, six.by seven, six.byseven|
|Genres||Indie rock, space rock, shoegaze, neo-psychedelia|
|Years active||1996–2008, 2012–present|
|Labels||Mantra, Beggars Banquet, Saturday Night Sunday Morning|
|Associated acts||Twelve, Fuck Me USA, Placebo, Love Amongst Ruin, Spotlight Kid|
|Website||Six By Seven. News.|
- For a similarly named band, see The Six Parts Seven.
Six by Seven (also written as SIX.BY SEVEN or six.by seven or six.byseven) are a Nottingham-based indie rock band who originally consisted of Chris Olley on vocals and guitars, James Flower on keyboards, Sam Hempton on guitar, Paul Douglas on bass and Chris Davis on drums. Exponents of building, atmospheric drone-rock, influenced heavily by bands such as My Bloody Valentine and Spacemen 3 they found a niche in the industry with a considerable underground following, but despite some attempts to commercialise their sound, this never crossed over into mainstream success. After splitting up in 2008, the band reformed in 2012 with Olley and Flower the only original members.
The group formed in Nottingham in 1996 after having played initially under the name "Friends Of..." since their first gig at the Old Angel in Nottingham in late 1992. After recording several demos and playing gigs, the band attracted record company interest, and played to a room full of A&R men in Leicester's Charlotte. The room emptied before the first 15-minute song was complete. Undeterred, the band continued to write and record. Bass player Paul Douglas joined later that year.
The band got their break by playing support slots with Rocket from the Crypt and Girls Against Boys, and later changed their name to Six by Seven. The name was taken from the research connected with the Hubble Space Telescope. Sam Hempton came up with the name and described it as follows:
"There was a big debate as to whether the millions of other galaxies in the universe were accelerating away from each other or moving away at a constant rate, or whether they were actually coming back in on themselves. The scientists originally thought that everything would eventually come back in on itself and implode, but what's actually happening is that they are accelerating away at a rate of 6 x 7."
In 1997 the band released its first 12" single 'European Me', leading to a five album deal. Their first album, The Things We Make was released the following year, after which they began headlining their own shows, as well as touring with Ash, Manic Street Preachers, The Dandy Warhols, and Placebo. In May 1998, they were asked to play a live session on the John Peel Show, and recorded four more sessions over the next four years.
Their second album, The Closer You Get was released in 2000. Sam Hempton left the band shortly thereafter. Douglas followed in 2002, after the release of their third album The Way I Feel Today. In September 2004 the fourth album called 04 was released, along with a collection of outtakes from the recording sessions called Left Luggage at the Peveril Hotel which was initially available through the band's website. In April 2005 a new album was announced for release entitled Artists Cannibals Poets Thieves - it was described as Six by Seven's "first album as a three piece".
Shortly before the album's release in June the band announced they were to "stop touring and effectively end the group for the foreseeable future", with a live album and a b-sides and rarities collection to follow.
In December 2005 a new "unofficial" studio album - Club Sandwich at the Peveril Hotel - was released on the band's web site on 16 January 2006, with a limited number of copies making their way into stores in March. Although there was mention (and even scheduling) of a series of live gigs for early 2006, these shows were eventually cancelled.
In August 2006 the band made a surprise appearance playing at the Social in Nottingham with a new line up featuring past collaborators Tony Doggen Foster and Ady Fletcher with Ian Bissett newly recruited on the drums.
In September 2006 a collection of rarities, live tracks and demo recordings was made available via the bands' website.
On 12 December 2006 the band played another gig at the Social in Nottingham. Once again this featured the lineup of Chris Olley, James Flower, Doggen, Ady Fletcher and Ian Bissett.
Chris Olley continues to work on solo project Twelve but has laid electro clash outfit Fuck Me USA to rest. He released his first solo album in November 2009 and has released several more since, mostly via his website.
Chis Davis formed Spotlight Kid as a side project with Nottingham-based singer Katty Heath in 2004. When Six by Seven broke up in 2005 Chris decided to carry on full-time with Spotlight Kid. The second album featured Chris (as ringleader, chief songwriter and stickman) and a full band, along with Katty continuing on vocal duties.
In February 2007 it was officially announced via the band website that Six by Seven had reformed with their original lineup of Chris Olley, Sam Hempton, James Flower and Christian Davis. Pete Stevenson takes over Paul Douglas' role on bass.
July 2007 saw the internet release of a new album recorded solely by Olley and Flower. It was entitled 'If Symptoms Persist, Kill Your Doctor' and was limited to 1000 copies only. Its lyrics are inspired by an episode of a BBC TV programme called The Trap. Gigs were scheduled to coincide with the release.
A best of (with songs chosen by fans on the official forum) was released later including remixes and a DVD containing the band's promo videos.
The band finally imploded after Chris Olley left in November 2008.
In August 2012, Chris Olley announced that he and James Flower reformed Six by Seven and that they are recording new material with the former Placebo drummer Steve Hewitt. A new album, Love And Peace And Sympathy, was released on 8 July 2013.
- The Things We Make (1998)
- The Closer You Get (2000)
- The Way I Feel Today (2002) UK #69
- 04 (2004)
- Artists Cannibals Poets Thieves (2005)
- If Symptoms Persist, Kill Your Doctor (2007)
- Love and Peace and Sympathy (2013)
- Left Luggage at the Peveril Hotel (2004)
- Club Sandwich at the Peveril Hotel (2006)
- Any Colour So Long as It's Black (All the Way from Forest Fields and Back...) (2008)
Singles & EPs
- "European Me" (1997)
- "88-92-96" (1997)
- "Candlelight" (1998) UK #70
- "For You" (1998)
- "European Me ep" (1998)
- "Two and a Half Days in Love with You EP" (1999)
- "Ten Places to Die" (1999)
- "New Year" (2000)
- "Eat Junk Become Junk" (2000)
- "So Close" (2002)
- "I O U Love" (2002) UK #48
- "All My New Best Friends" (2002)
- "Bochum (Light Up My Life)" (2003)
- "Bring Down the Government" (2003)
- "Ready for You Now" (2004)
- "Catch the Rain" (2004)
- "Ocean/Clouds" (2004)
Live, demo, or unofficial albums
- B-Sides & Rarities 1
- B-Sides & Rarities 2
- Live in Ashton-Under-Lyne 08/09/99
- Live in Usa, Oslo, Newcastle
- Live in Amsterdam/Paris
- Live at La Route Du Rock 1998
- Live at Eden project 11 August 2001
- Live at Manchester Hop and Grape 15-04-02
- Live at Nottingham Boatclub 31/10/02
- Live Sessions 1999-2001
- Alternative Versions, Remixes and Cover Versions
- Demo's 1997-99
- Live at the Peveril Hotel
- Demos Volume II
- Live at Glastonbury 2008
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 504. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Official website
- Six by Seven interview (June 2000) for QRD
- Six by Seven interview (September 2002) for QRD
- Chris Olley (Twelve/Six by Seven) interview (May 2006) for QRD