With the chemistry instant, they began playing out live at least twice a week, often more. "We were never bothered about other people hearing our music, it was just a buzz" Robert says.
Within months though, they had management, glowing features in the British music press and a gaggle of A&R men chasing their signature. Take The Long Road And Walk It came from a demo session in Leeds, and Fierce Panda Records offered to release it. A deal with Hut Recordings followed and after finishing their studies, the band set off on tour in June last year.
Undoubtedly the best place to catch The Music is where they always seem to be - on the road. It's where the songs are truly born, where they take on a life of their own. There you can appreciate their raucous and freewheeling psychedelia, be
struck dumb by their power and vibes and see how they really do make guitar music that you can dance to. "When we play we try and make people feel better and they go up a gear, y'know what I mean? Then it puts us up a gear, y'know?" Robert (excited) "Its beauty when crowd are on song, it just makes you feel. It's
fuckin' beautiful. Fuckin' beautiful".
The Musics first release on Hut Recordings was the four-track You Might As Well Try to Fuck Me EP in November 2001 followed this spring by The People EP; a tantalising hint at the album they have recently completed with Jim Abbiss (production credits include DJ Shadow & Bjork) at Jacobs studio in Surrey.
The ten-track self titled album recorded over the past six months perfectly encapsulates the bands youthful rush of energy. Including both recent single The People as well as a re-recorded version of Take The Long Road And Walk It (to be re-released as a single in August 2002) as well as live favourites Disco and The Dance, the album will be released on September 2nd 2002.
April saw the band play their first sold out headline tour of the UK culminating in a euphoric show at Londons Astoria with the Doves. This summer sees the band perform at Glastonbury (June 29th), T In The Park (July 13th), Leeds Festival (August 23rd), Reading Festival (August 25th) and a number of prestige events around the world including the Fuji Festival in Japan, the Quart Festival in Norway and Pukkelpop in Belgium.
As the sample that heralds their arrival on-stage says, when youre 18 years-old, its a world where anything is possible.
The Music are:
Robert Harvey (Vocals/Guitars)
Adam Nutter (Guitar)
Stuart Coleman (Bass Guitar)
Phil Jordan (Drums)