The Loves

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The Loves
Origin Cardiff, Wales
Genres Pop
Years active 2000–2011
Labels Fortuna Pop!, Track and Field Records
Associated acts The School (UK)
Zabrinski
Pocketbooks
Past members Simon
Jenna
Jonny
Ed
Roger Gerard
Daniel
Alice
Danielle
Pnosni
Catrin
Dave
James
Daniel
Rhys
Anna
Phil
Liz
Rob
George
Andrew
Marc

The Loves were a heavily 1960s influenced pop band, formed in 2000 in Cardiff, Wales.

Career[edit]

Their debut album Love was released on Track and Field Records in 2004, but attracted generally hostile press coverage,[1] and was commercially unsuccessful. Recorded mostly by Simon Love alone, their second album Technicolour was released in 2007 on Fortuna Pop.

The band recorded 4 Peel sessions between 2001 and 2002. 3 in Maida Vale and 1 at Peel Acres on Valentine's Day 2002.[2]

The Loves have attracted criticism from many reviewers and people in the music industry for their alleged reliance on pastiche in their recordings and live performances.[3] Although the Technicolour album was generally critically well received,[4][5] and was The Sunday Times album of the week on 18 February 2007. A video of the single "Xs & Os" (released September 2006) was made by Ryan Owen and Simon Love from live footage that was filmed in London, Liverpool, Chelmsford and Chester.

Their third album, Three, (also released on Fortuna Pop) featured guest appearances from Rob Jones aka The Voluntary Butler Scheme, Delia Sparrow, Hefner's Darren Hayman and Harry Hill's TV Burp writer Daniel Maier.

The Loves fourth and final album, ...Love You, was released on Fortuna Pop in 2010. It features The Velvet Underground's Doug Yule as the voice of Jesus. "Bubblegum" and "December Boy" were the double A sided single taken from the album in July 2010.

The group played the Indietracks Festival on 25 July 2010.

The Loves retired in February 2011.

They once performed a gig to a crowd of 2 in a well-known Highgate pub.

The Loves will reformed for a one-off show at Wales Goes Pop in 2016. The line-up included 2 (TWO) drummers.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

All are 7" vinyl unless otherwise indicated.

Albums[edit]

  • Love (Track and Field, 2004)
  • Technicolour (Fortuna Pop!, 2007)
  • Three (Fortuna Pop!, 2009)
  • ...Love You (Fortuna Pop!, 2010)
  • Clench (Due 2014, since cancelled)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • A Very Fortuna Christmas Vol 2 (Fortuna Pop, 2002, contains a cover of John Lennon's "Cold Turkey")
  • Pow! To The People (Track And Field, 2004, contains a cover of Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You In The End")
  • Que Viva le Pop (Fortuna Pop!, 2006, contains unreleased version of track "Honey" from Technicolour)
  • This Town Ain't Big Enough For The 22 Of Us (Twisted By Design, 2006 contains "Honey" from "Technicolour")
  • Kats Karavan – The History Of The John Peel Show (Universal, 2009 contains the original Boobytrap Singles Club version of "She'll Break Your Heart")

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