The Others (band)

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The Others
GenresIndie rock
Years active2002–present
LabelsLime Records
Mercury Records
MembersDominic Masters
Johnny Others
Jimmy Lager
Joseph Gardiner-Lowe
Eddie Darko

The Others are an English rock band, signed to Poptones in July 2004 and their eponymous debut album was released on 31 January 2005.


The band formed in 2002 and quickly became renowned for their riotous live shows. By 2004, they had started to perform so-called "guerilla gigs", which saw them play on a Hammersmith & City line tube train, on the dodgems at the Leeds festival, and on the famous Abbey Road crossing in London. The band, particularly lead singer Dominic Masters (born 12 December 1977), maintain a close relationship with their fanbase, affectionately known as the 853 Kamikaze Stage-Diving Division. The band are also known for accessibility which resulted in the popularity of the websites forum, which played a key part in keeping the fanbase together and organizing the following to collect together for gigs.

Their self-titled debut album divided critics and public alike on its release in 2005. Whilst NME gave it 8/10, Q Magazine rated it one of the worst albums of the year, mocking Masters' boastful attitude towards drug abuse. However, the album did spawn three Top 40 singles for the band; while debut single "This Is For The Poor", narrowly missed the top 40 on its release in April 2004, "Stan Bowles" reached No. 36 in November 2004.

In January 2005, their third single, "Lackey", reached No. 21 in January 2005 and in April of that year the NME awarded The Others the John Peel Innovation Award at the Brat Awards. Following this, "William" became the band's fourth and final single from their debut album charting at No. 29.

In an interview with Phoenix FM in December 2005, the band confirmed that they had left Poptones and, in October 2006, they released their second album, Inward Parts. Three singles were released from this album, "Truth That Hurts" (in 2006), "Always Be Mine" (2007) and "Probate" (2008). In August 2007, drummer Martin Oldham left the band for health reasons. Further UK and European live dates followed and in February 2008, the band went on a temporary hiatus.

After a quiet period, The Others played their first live show in three years, a sold out show at The Lexington in London.[1] One month later they decamped to a studio in Kent to record eight new songs. In April 2012, the band released the double A side single, "Hardly Know Me" / "I'll Keep You Safe"; their first new material in four years and this was accompanied by a two-week UK tour.

On Christmas Eve 2012, the band gave away the demos for the third album; Songs For The Disillusioned for free.[2] This news was subsequently covered by the NME.[3] The response was tremendous, going viral and picking up coverage from the UK, as well as Spain, France, Germany, Argentina and Italy amongst others. The free download allocation was reached within two days and in order to meet demand and keep the tracks available for free, they had to be uploaded to four separate sites.

In January 2013, the band announced their decision to offer fans a free download package for every month of 2013.[4] This news was subsequently reported by the digitalspy website.[5] As part of the band's comeback they returned to the Glastonbury Festival to play on the William's Green Stage. This was the first time the band had played the festival for eight years, ever since playing on The Other Stage in 2005.[6]

On Christmas Eve 2013, the band followed their third album demos giveaway by giving away the re-recorded, remixed and properly produced version of Songs for the Disillusioned for free.[7]



The band is composed of:

  • Dominic Masters - Vocals
  • Johnny Others - Guitar/Bass
  • Jimmy Lager - Guitar
  • Joseph Gardiner-Lowe - Drums
  • Eddie Darko - Bass/Guitar

Previous members[edit]

  • James Le Masurier - Drums
  • Martin Oldham - Drums
  • James Moulson - Drums/Keys/Electronics/Guitar/Bass




Year Song UK Singles Chart[8] Album
May 2004 "This Is For The Poor" UK No. 42 The Others
October 2004 "Stan Bowles" UK No. 36 The Others
January 2005 "Lackey" UK No. 21 The Others
April 2005 "William" UK No. 29 The Others
October 2006 "The Truth That Hurts" UK -- Inward Parts
February 2007 "Always Be Mine" UK --(Ineligible) Inward Parts
March 2008 "Probate" UK --(Ineligible) Inward Parts
April 2012 "Hardly Know Me/I'll Keep You Safe" UK --(Ineligible) Songs For The Disillusioned


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 October 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "The Others UK". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  3. ^ "The Others give away comeback album for free". 30 December 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Corner, Lewis. "The Others announce monthly free downloads for 2013". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 | Glastonbury Festival". 13 February 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  7. ^ "The Others UK". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 411/2. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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