The Reads are a Wenglish alternative rock band whose debut studio album, Stories from the Border, was released in early 2011 with "Good Omens" the first single to be released from the album on 25 July 2011. Their follow up album "Lost at Sea" was released in 2014. Tracks from both albums have been played on Radio 2, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Merseyside, XFM and Amazing Radio, amongst others. Celebrity fans include Jeremy Vine, Adrian Chiles, Sky Sports reporter, Bryn Law and TV Chef, Bryn Williams. They are currently busy writing new material for their third album.
- Marcel Delrue – Keyboards and programming
- Jamie Russell - Lead guitar, harmonica and backing vocals
- Stuart Bennett – Vocals and rhythm guitar
- Clare Goddard - Bass guitar and lyricist
- Matty Goddard - Drums
- Chris Goddard - Backing vocals, percussion, lap-steel and mandolin
An early version of the band was formed around 10 years ago when school mates Marcel Delrue and Jamie Russell were introduced by a mutual friend to Stuart Bennett and Clare Goddard who worked together at a local HMV store. They began playing together putting music to poems that Clare Goddard had written. In time brothers Matty Goddard and Chris Goddard parted ways with a previous band and joined The Reads giving the line up that plays today. Throughout these early years the band played at local and city venues all over the North West and North Wales.
In March 2010 the band was approached by a friend who offered to fund the cost of recording their first studio album. Music Producer Jim Spencer, known for his work with Oasis, Doves and The Charlatans was enlisted to record and mix the album. The project was later joined by Joe Duddell who took time out from working with Mercury Prize winning band Elbow to come up with string and brass arrangements for five of the 12 songs. The album was mastered by Frank Arkwright who has worked with bands such as Arcade Fire, The Smiths and Gomez.
The album was played live for the first time at a music venue in Chester to a sell out crowd.
Positive local reviews of the album attracted attention of BBC Radio Wales, leading to the song Orange Days being Single of the Week from 16 May 2011 and the band playing a Live In Session at the BBC studios in Cardiff on 27 June 2011. Their first single, Good Omens is also set to be Single of the Week from 1 August 2011. Further BBC radio airplay was gained through Jeremy Vine on The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2.