The Contrast (band)

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The Contrast
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Background information
Origin UK
Genres Power pop, Rock, Garage Rock
Years active 1999–present
Labels Rainbow Quartz, Wicked Cool
Members David Reid
Richard 'Angus' Mackman
Thorin 'Fozzy' Dixon
Keiran Wade

The Contrast[1] are a guitar power pop band based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. They were formed in 1999 by David Reid and have since released five albums on the New York based label Rainbow Quartz and two for Wicked Cool Records. Since the release of their second album Wireless Days, their music has been regularly played by Little Steven on his Underground Garage radio show. Little Steven once described them on air as "One of the best bands on the planet – and England too" and consequently invited them to play the Underground Garage Festival on Randall's Island in 2004. In May 2007, they released a new album called Underground Ghosts (also on Rainbow Quartz) that has since been regularly featured on Little Steven's Underground Garage show. A compilation of tracks from all of the Rainbow Quartz albums was released in 2007. This contains new and unreleased tracks and is the band's first release on Little Steven's "Wicked Cool" label. The band's song "Mystery #1" was featured on a Wicked Cool compilation album, The Coolest Songs In The World- Vol 2.

The Contrast's sixth album (the first full-length album for Wicked Cool Records and featuring Little Steven as executive producer), God of Malfunction, was released on 13 April 2010.

Personnel[edit]

(2006-present)[edit]

The current line up consists of:-

  • David Reid:- vocals/lead guitar
  • Richard Mackman:- bass/vocals
  • Thorin 'Fozzy' Dixon:- drums
  • Kieran Wade:- guitar/vocals

Other Members[edit]

  • Matthew Zilch:- guitar/vocals (2004–2006)
  • Andy Hawkins:- drums/keyboards/vocals (2005)
  • James Crossley:- drums (1999–2004)
  • Spencer Hart:- guitar/vocals (2000–2004)
  • Chris Corney:- bass/vocals (1999–2000)
  • Paul Blant:- drums (1999)

Collaborators[edit]

  • Spike Smith:- drums (2005)
  • Jo Parsons:- drums (2004)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

God of Malfunction (Wicked Cool Records, 2010)[edit]

  1. Underground Ghosts
  2. Coming Back to Life
  3. Take Me Apart
  4. I Am An Alien
  5. Gone Forever
  6. God of Malfunction
  7. Good Luck Charms
  8. Better Than They Seem
  9. She's A Disaster
  10. Thought You Were Strong
  11. Unexpected
  12. False Admission

Perfect Disguise: Introducing the Contrast (Wicked Cool Records, 2007)[edit]

  1. Mystery #1
  2. Mask
  3. Unfair Game
  4. World's So Different
  5. Can't Stand The Light
  6. Caught In A Trap
  7. George Zipp
  8. Perfect Disguise
  9. Perfect Disguise (Acoustic)
  10. Believe
  11. How To Tell
  12. Ansaphone
  13. 57
  14. Big Dark Nowhere
  15. Disconnected
  16. Mystery #1 (Acoustic)

Underground Ghosts (Rainbow Quartz, 2007)[edit]

  1. Everyone's A Sucker
  2. My Peace Of Mind
  3. I've Known Your Name Forever
  4. What Do I know
  5. Pocketful Of Fear
  6. Clue
  7. Blast Off In Primetime
  8. Something Isn't
  9. Breaking Promises And Hearts
  10. Shine
  11. Believe
  12. The World Of Being Wrong

Forget to Tell the Time (Rainbow Quartz, 2005)[edit]

  1. Caught in a Trap (2:42)
  2. Forget to Tell the Time (2:47)
  3. Different Again (3:39)
  4. Ink (2:45)
  5. Adversity (4:08)
  6. Side FX (2:27)
  7. Mean (3:04)
  8. Someone Else's Logo (2:43)
  9. Hold Your Fire (4:12)
  10. Care (2:22)
  11. Big Dark Nowhere (3:50)
  12. Trying to Fill the Space (3:48)
  13. What You Have Done (3:39)
  14. Be There (4:10)

Fade Back In (Rainbow Quartz, 2004)[edit]

  1. Give Me One More Chance (3:02)
  2. George Zipp (2:45)
  3. Forget It (3:53)
  4. The Guilty Party (3:25)
  5. Catch the Spark (3:04)
  6. Your Starring Role (3:40)
  7. Functional Punk Pop Song (2:21)
  8. Something Tells Me (5:03)
  9. Flatpacked (2:26)
  10. Smart (2:35)
  11. Everything Seems to Get Me (3:22)
  12. Disconnected (2:33)

Wireless Days (Rainbow Quartz, 2002)[edit]

  1. Can't Stand the Light (3:12)
  2. Wireless Days (3:05)
  3. Fortune (4:09)
  4. Mask (2:32)
  5. What You Want (3:03)
  6. Ansaphone (2:47)
  7. Unfair Game (3:05)
  8. Charlie Grey (3:20)
  9. Drop Dead Gorgeous Love Song (4:01)
  10. Late Train (3:07)
  11. Cover (4:14)
  12. Elvis Fix (5:34)

Mystery #1 (Rainbow Quartz, 2000)[edit]

  1. Perfect Disguise (3:56)
  2. Short Term Memory (3:03)
  3. 57 (3:35)
  4. She's Been Here Before (2:28)
  5. You Never Listen (2:31)
  6. Mystery No. 1 (2:58)
  7. Mad Professor (3:38)
  8. Falldown (3:39)
  9. Independence (4:53)
  10. Turn Off the Sun (2:47)
  11. Publicity Stunts (4:19)
  12. Bad Dreams (2:59)
  13. Remember (3:51)
  14. Friend for a Day (2:56)

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