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Not to be confused with KBC Band.
Origin Preston, Lancashire, England
Genres Indie rock, dance-punk, post-punk revival
Years active 2004–present
Labels High Voltage Sounds
Members James Mulholland
Ric Ormerod
Michael Brown

The KBC are an indie band from Preston, Lancashire, England.

Band members[edit]

  • James Mulholland - vocals, keyboards, guitar (born 28th October 1984)
  • Ric Ormerod - bass (born 24 April 1985)
  • Michael Brown - drums (born 20 January 1985)


The KBC formed in 2004, described as the 'natural thing to do for three lads who were into the same sort of music and were pretty handy with an instrument',[citation needed] the three were in the same classes at school together. They signed to High Voltage Records that year and quickly released their debut single, "Trippin", which was limited to 500 vinyl and received a modest reception.

It took another year for second single "Pride Before The Fall" to hit the shelves. This received a better reception and gained national radio play from the likes of Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley. Followed by "Not Anymore", they landed live sessions on BBC Radio 1 with Steve Lamacq, as well as support slots with The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, !!!, The Sunshine Underground, Friendly Fires, Peaches, Delphic, The Paddingtons, Forward Russia and Milburn. Several of their songs including Trippin, Pride Before The Fall and Best In The Business featured on the computer games Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row and World Championship Snooker.

A deal with the Japanese record label, Fabtone Records, was signed in 2006,[citation needed]and the band released the Boxed Beats & Shelved Rhythms EP, a collection of their UK singles, which featured remixes by The Whip and Performance. This was followed by the band's debut album, On The Beat!, released in early 2007 reaching Number 2 in the Japanese indie charts. The delay, and eventual non-release of a UK LP, consequently ended with the band parting company with High Voltage Sounds.

"Walking Disaster" was released on 22 October 2007 on their own label, Scattergraph. This was followed by a 2nd LP called The Trick released in November 2008 in Japan. After this, The KBC retreated to the recording studio.

The KBC have recently formed a new band, known as Techniques. So far only holding one come back gig at the Adelphi, Preston. They toured with Example in 2011.


Studio albums[edit]

Both records were only released in Japan.

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Trippin'" (High Voltage Sounds)

Released 7 March 2005. Limited pressing 500 lemon 7".

  • "Pride Before The Fall" (High Voltage Sounds)

Released 6 February 2006. Limited pressing 500 white 7"/500 CD.

  • "Sherlock Groove Holmes" (Playlouder Recordings)

Released 29 May 2006 as download only.

  • "Not Anymore" (High Voltage Sounds)

Released 10 July 2006. Limited pressing 2500 7"/2500 CD.

  • "Test the Water" (High Voltage Sounds)

Released 27 November 2006

  • Boxed Beats & Shelved Rhythms EP (Fabtone Records)

Released 6 September 2006. A collection of previous singles and exclusive remixes released on enhanced CD format.

  • "Walking Disaster" (Scattergraph)

Released 22 October 2007.

  • La Musique EP (Fabtone Records)

Released 7 November 2007.

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