The Beep Seals

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The Beep Seals
OriginManchester, England
GenresAlternative rock, Indie rock
Years active2006–2009
LabelsHeron Recordings
Kings And Creatures
Kurofune Records
Associated actsAlfie, Mazes, Ultimate Painting, Jennifer Gentle
MembersIan Smith
Jack Cooper
Sam Morris
Jay Sikora
Phil Anderson
Past membersMilo Scaglioni
Jay Sikora

The Beep Seals were an English psychedelic indie rock band from Manchester.


The Beep Seals were formed in 2006 by former Alfie guitarist Ian Smith, Jack Cooper, Phil Anderson and Milo Scaglioni. They began working on demos after touring with Jim Noir in support of his Tower of Love album as his backing band.[1] In October 2006, the band played their first gig (a tribute to the recently deceased Syd Barrett) drafting in drummer Jay Sikora. Milo Scaglioni left in 2007, and in 2008 joined a band from his native Italy, Jennifer Gentle[2] Before the recording of the band's debut album, former Alfie bassist Sam Morris joined the band.[3]

In April 2007, the Beep Seals recorded their first single, "Tell Your Friends" / "I Used To Work At The Zoo", which was released on vinyl via Kings & Creature Recordings.[4] After their second release on London's Heron Recordings, "Stars" / "Chariot Song", the band began work on their debut album, Things That Roar which was released in the UK on Heron Recordings and in Japan on Kurofune Records.

In support of Things That Roar, The Beep Seals supported and toured with Jarvis Cocker, Dead Meadow, Teenage Fanclub, The Fall, The Ting Tings, British Sea Power, Vetiver, Camera Obscura and Acid Mothers Temple.

It was announced on 1 April 2009 via the band's MySpace that the band had split up.[5] The final gig was set for May in Glasgow at Beepfest - a festival set around the band, but this was cancelled at the last minute.[6]

Cooper went on to form Mazes, who have released three albums on FatCat Records and Ultimate Painting.



  • April 2007 - "Tell Your Friends" / "I Used To Work At The Zoo" 7" (Kings & Creatures)
  • August 2007 - "Stars" / "Chariot Song" 7" Heron Recordings
  • December 2007 - "Beep Seals Sampler" (Limited edition)
  • June 2008 - Things That Roar - album - Heron Recordings


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 August 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Jennifer Gentle Discography". 28 February 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Manchester - Entertainment - The Beep Seals". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  5. ^ "SAD NEWS by The Beep Seals on Myspace". 1 April 2009. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "Teenage Fanclub • View topic - Beepfest Glasgow (Cancelled)". 19 March 2009. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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