Kings of Leon – Only by the night (Epic 2017 #149)

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Kings of Leon – Only by the night (2008)

Fourth studio album from this American alternative rock outfit, released worldwide in September 2008. Writing for the band’s fourth album commenced just days after the release of their third, Because of the Times. The album was recorded by producers Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King through February 2008 in Nashville’s Blackbird Studios.

Only by the Night experienced commercial success, peaking inside the top 10 of over 10 different countries. The album was certified the best-selling album in Australia, certified nine times platinum. It also went on to be the highest selling album of 2008 in Australia, the third best selling album of 2008 in the UK, winning two Brit Awards, and the 18th best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. Two singles from the album have also found high chartings, “Sex on Fire” coming in at number one in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and on the United States’ Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and at number two in New Zealand. The album’s second single “Use Somebody” also charted at number two in the UK, and at number two in Australia, along with being the band’s first top 10 hit in the U.S. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Award with the song “Sex on Fire” receiving two nominations itself.

Kasabian (Epic 2017 #138)

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Kasabian (2004)

Kasabian’s self-titled debut, released on 6 September 2004 spawned four singles; ‘Club Foot’, ‘Processed Beats’, ‘Reason is Treason’, and ‘Cutt Off’. The highest chart position on the UK Album Chart was number 4.

Different geographical regions had different colours for their album cover. The British version is black and white, the European import is black and red, and the American version is black and blue. The Japanese “Ultimate Version” is silver and white. The UK limited edition version is a double-sided DualDisc and has a glow-in-the-dark cover. The DVD element contains a making-of documentary and several music videos.

JJ72 (Epic 2017 #134)

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JJ72 (2000)

JJ72 were an alternative rock band from Dublin, Ireland. After forming in 1996, they signed to Lakota Records in 1999, releasing two hit albums before splitting in 2006.

The band was formed by lead singer and songwriter Mark Greaney and drummer Fergal Matthews, while studying at Belvedere College. Greaney grew up in Dublin, where for a time he lived next door to Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy). Matthews originated from County Meath. The name ‘JJ72’ derives from a window at Belvedere College made from 72 jam jars.

After auditioning several bassists they recruited their schoolmate Garvin Smith on bass in 1996. After a few early gigs, Smith left so following recruiting problems for a replacement, Greaney and Matthews entered the studio as a duo in early 1997 to record their first demo. They sent it to local record companies and media but with little response. In 1998 they started university courses, but shortly after starting they decided to concentrate on the band; They played a concert at Behan’s pub in Dublin, backed by a string quartet, and were asked to appear on local television. They then recruited Hilary Woods who, despite having only picked up bass recently, joined as the band’s bassist in January 1999. They recorded a second demo, and targeted the UK, playing several gigs there and getting a write-up in Select magazine This led to interest from the Dublin-based Sony sub-label Lakota Records, who signed JJ72 in mid-1999.

The d├ębut single “October Swimmer” was released in November that year, and was named ‘Single of the Week’ by BBC Radio 1 DJ Mark Radcliffe. They were given support slots with The Dandy Warhols and My Vitriol. The band’s first hit though came with “Long Way South” in May 2000, which peaked at number 68 in the UK, and they played at festivals including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds later that year.

The band released their eponymously titled debut album in Summer 2000. A great critical and commercial success alike, the album has sold in excess of 500,000 copies in their native Ireland and in the United Kingdom, where it reached number 16 on the UK Albums Chart. The album spawned the singles “Snow”, “October Swimmer”, “Long Way South”, and “Oxygen”, and saw the band perform promotional tours in Europe and the US. “Oxygen” gave the band their first top 30 single in the UK giving them a Top of the Pops performance slot.

Following this and, after touring with Coldplay and Embrace, they set out on their own headline tour.They supported Muse on a tour of Europe, headlined the NME Brats tour, and played a few gigs in Japan. But several performances had been cancelled after Greaney lost his voice, and there were further cancellations in 2001 after Matthews was knocked off his motorbike, with Kylie Minogue’s drummer Bob Knight standing in for a few gigs. Matthews recovered in time for the festival season and support slots with U2. The band received an Irish Music Award for ‘Best New Band’ later that year.

The Good, the Bad & the Queen (Epic 2017 #100)

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen (2007)

The Good, the Bad & the Queen was the debut album from the alternative rock supergroup made up of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong and Tony Allen and produced by Danger Mouse. The album debuted at number two in the UK Albums Chart and was certified Gold in the UK within days of its release despite little media recognition and airplay. In the United States, the album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 49.

All of the songs are all themed around modern life in London.It was described by Albarn as “a song cycle that’s also a mystery play about London” in an interview with Mojo.

Gomez – Bring it on (Epic 2017 #098)

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Gomez – Bring it on (1998)

Gomez entered the recording studios in late 1997 to turn their demos into an album. During this time they also toured the UK with Embrace. The first single, “78 Stone Wobble” was released in March 1998 with the debut album following a month later.

Bring It On was well received on both sides of the Atlantic with Spin calling it a “damn beautiful album” and Allmusic’s Greg Prato comparing “78 Stone Wobble” to Nirvana’s unplugged version of Meat Puppets’ “Plateau”. The album experienced a further boost in popularity when it won the 1998 Mercury Music Prize for best album, beating the favourites Massive Attack’s Mezzanine and The Verve’s Urban Hymns.

“Get Myself Arrested” and “Whippin’ Piccadilly” were later released as singles. While Gomez toured the US as the support artist for Eagle Eye Cherry, Bring It On is the only Gomez album so far not to make the US charts although the album did make the Australian album charts. “Bring It On” is also the name of a song on Gomez’s following album, Liquid Skin.

Girl in a Coma – Trio BC (Epic 2017 #096)

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Girl in a Coma – Trio BC (2009)

Girl In a Coma is an indie rock band from San Antonio, Texas formerly on Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records’ label. Formed in 2006, the band is made up of sisters Nina (vocals/guitar) and Phanie Diaz (drums) and long-time friend, Jenn Alva (bass).The name is a reference to The Smiths’ song “Girlfriend in a Coma”.

Trio BC was their second studio album