Famous Bands from Reading

Get to know your local music background.

Here at Guitar Lessons Reading, we love to give our students a bit of inspiration.

In order to achieve this, we thought we’d give you a list of local bands which have gone on to make a name for themselves.

Laura Marling is an award-winning folk artist from nearby Hampshire. The pint-sized blonde singer achieved success in the London folk-scene when she moved there at the age of 16. From then on, she hasn’t looked back. She originally was a member of like-minded folk outfit Noah and the Whale but left before the release of their first album. I doubt she has any regrets though as Jamie T attended her second-ever solo gig and invited her to tour with him. Now she has released 3 solo albums, undertaken a tour of America and in 2011, won an NME award for Best Solo Artist and a Brit Award for Best British Female. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Laura in the future.

Does It Offend You, Yeah? have the honour of being the first proper band that I ever went to see back in Leeds Student Union back in 2008. Their dubious name was created when band members Dan Coop and James Rushent needed a name for the band and decided to pick the first thing that was said when they turned the TV on. The Office happened to be on and David Brent came out with that, which the band decided to use. Does It Offend You, Yeah? Rose to fame in the New-Rave revival of the late naughties’ among bands such as Hadouken!, The Klaxons and Late of the Pier. Their debut album, You Have No Idea What You Are Getting Yourself Into, was released in Spring 2008 to popular acclaim: they were the 8th most listened to the new band as purported by iTunes in 2008. Unfortunately, New-Rave has been and gone, DIOY,Y? are now effectively a ‘scenester’ act without a scene and their second album, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, did not live up to their early success. The band is now on a hiatus, but hopefully, we’ll see more from them in future.

Morning Runner enjoyed a short but sweet career, having unfortunately split in 2007. Enjoying relatively anonymity in today’s press and on the radio, they did have a relatively successful stint from 2004 onwards where they supported big-name acts such as former Stone Roses man Ian Brown, Bloc Party and Coldplay. As a result, they built up a substantial fan base, so much so that they were signed to Parlophone. Their debut, and only, album, Wilderness Is Paradise Now, was championed by the likes of Steve Lamacq, Scott Mills and Edith Bowman on the radio, and although it did not receive much commercial success, it was critically acclaimed. Unfortunately, Morning Runner was crippled under the weight of monster label Parlophone, but the former members are still involved in music with band Perfect Life.

Stuart Price is a very remarkable music producer despite his very unremarkable name. He is a triple Grammy-award winning producer and has worked with New Order, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Missy Elliott, Scissor Sisters, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys, Brandon Flowers, Gwen Stefani, Seal, Keane, Frankmusik and Hard-Fi. What a list. He can also be credited for producing the alt-pop anthem ‘Mr Brightside’  for The Killers. If you’ve got a budget of millions to produce your next album, remember one thing: the Price is always right.

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