The Rascals (English band)

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The Rascals
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The Rascals performing at the Cardiff International Arena in June 2007.
Background information
Origin Hoylake, Merseyside, England
Years active 2007–2009
Labels Deltasonic
Associated acts
Website therascals.co.uk
Past members

The Rascals were an English rock band formed in Hoylake, Merseyside in 2007.

Their debut album Rascalize, was released on 23 June 2008. Former lead singer Miles Kane has a second band, The Last Shadow Puppets, with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, in which he shares duties with Turner. In August 2009, it was announced that Miles Kane had left The Rascals to focus on a solo career.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Hailing from Hoylake (The Wirral, on Merseyside) in England, the band began jamming and writing material as a three piece in September 2007.

The Rascals were immediately signed to Deltasonic Records and played their first gig supporting bands including Arctic Monkeys.

Initial releases[edit]

They released their debut EP, Out Of Dreams EP, on 9 December, 2007, which contains their first single Out of Dreams

Then, on 18 February, 2008, they released a single, called Suspicious Wit.

Rascalize[edit]

The Rascals' debut album Rascalize was released on 23 June, 2008 (first released on iTunes on 15 June, 2008). Although it was not a commercial success only peaking at #100 on the UK Albums Chart for one week the album was generally well received by critics.

Appearance in Awaydays[edit]

The Rascals perform a cover version of All That Jazz, originally by Echo & The Bunnymen in the film Awaydays,[1] based on the book by Kevin Sampson, which was released in cinemas nationwide on 22 May.

The track is available on the soundtrack which was released on 18 May, 2008.

Miles Kane's Departure[edit]

On 24 August, 2009, lead singer Miles Kane confirmed to NME.COM that he had quit The Rascals.[2]

Kane stated he was writing new material and had been in the studio. Greg Mighall and Joe Edwards announced they were working on a film project with 'Awaydays' star Liam Boyle.[3]

Conflicts with the name[edit]

Despite carrying the same name as the famous American band with the same name, the band stated it was unintentionally "copied"[citation needed].

Miles Kane used to tell in several interviews that when they were in The Little Flames they were often called "you little rascals".

Membership[edit]

The group consisted of:

  • Miles Kane — Lead vocals and guitar
  • Joe Edwards — Bass
  • Greg Mighall — Drums

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[4]
Rascalize 100

EPs[edit]

Title Album details
Out of Dreams
  • Released: 9 December 2007
  • Label: Deltasonic
  • Limited edition EP, not eligible for charts
Suspicious Wit
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Deltasonic
  • Format: CD, 10" vinyl[5]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Out of Dreams" 2007 Out of Dreams EP
"Suspicious Wit"[6] 2008 Suspicious Wit EP
"Freakbeat Phantom"[7] Rascalize
"I'll Give You Sympathy"

Music videos[edit]

  • Out of Dreams
  • Suspicious Wit
  • Freakbeat Phantom
  • I'll Give You Sympathy
  • I'll Give You Sympathy (Night Time Version)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Rascals Appear In New Film, 'Awaydays'". Blogs.myspace.com/rascalmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Chart Stats - Rascals". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Rascals, The (2) - Suspicious Wit (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  6. ^ "Rascals, The (2) - Suspicious Wit (CDr)". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  7. ^ "Freakbeat Phantom - EP by The Rascals". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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