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Napoleon IIIrd

Leeds, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

Leeds, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Band Alternative Pop


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"New Band Of The Day: Napoleon IIIrd"

Every day, Paul Lester is out there working nine to five, finding new sounds for you. Today, he discovers a crackpot from Leeds who has written the finest tune to rail against the daily grind since, well, 9 To 5 - The Guardian

"The Strong Nuclear Force"

A one-man pop machine and his reel to reel, Napoleon sometimes conducts his live experiments in surround sound. - RCRD LBL

"New Blood // Napoleon IIIrd"

I have to say when it comes to my own musical tastes, I don’t really blend with softer more marketable pop or indie sentiments; and the recent influx of dance and electronica doesn’t really wash with me. However I find with Napoleon a nice moment of sanity, it’s the mix of traditional pop sentiments with experimental/classical sounds and heavy guitars which make the sound of Napoleon IIIrd unique and more interesting than alot of the ‘off the shelf’ electro pop, and makes my overall anticipation of his new album all the more expectant. - Faux Magazine

"Napoleon IIIrd announces new album release"

Napoleon IIIrd will release a new record on November 8. Hoorah! It's called Christiania and will come out through Brainlove Records. Christiania refers to the area of Copenhagen which is a commune for lots of pleasant things and is allowed some kind of autonomy. Read up on it, it's quite interesting. It will - we hope - be seven shades of brilliant. - Drowned In Sound


* 2010 "Christiania" (Brainlove Records)
* 2007 "In Debt To" (Brainlove Records)

* 2009 "Hideki Yukawa" (Brainlove Records)
* 2005 "EP1" (Dance to the Radio)
* 2005 "EP2" (Brainlove Records)

* 2011 "The Unknown Unknown" (Brainlove Records)
* 2007 "Hit Schmooze For Me" (Brainlove Records)
* 2007 "This is my Call to Arms" (Brainlove Records)



"A Wonder From Leeds" - NME
"One of the most visionary solo artists in the world today" - Drowned In Sound
"Sheer pop-hook majesty and killer choruses... pure inspiration" - Sunday Times ****
"An eccentric Yorkshireman who deserves to be considered the peer of fellow electro-melodicists Fuck Buttons and Animal Collective" - **** MOJO
"The melodies are generous, the emotions writ large, and the arrangements thrilling." - Word
"There's an appealing spirit of English eccentricity to James Mabbett's second album... it channels influences as far-flung as Brian Wilson, Balearic house and space rock." - The Observer
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Napoleon IIIrd ( is James Mabbett, an English musician of singular vision.

His debut album "In Debt To:" established Napoleon IIIrd in the UK's resurgent indie scene, coming as part of a wave of Leeds alumni that included The Cribs, The Research, Kaiser Chiefs and ¡Forward, Russia!, and winning him the support on the sold out Wild Beasts "Two Dancers" tour.

The ambitious, much-anticipated follow up "Christiania" launched Napoleon IIIrd into the popular consciousness in 2010, with four and five star reviews from the NME, Sunday Times, Observer, Independent, Q, Clash, Stool Pigeon, The Fly and many others.

Since then, Napoleon IIIrd has become a fixture on the UK and European festival scene with a live backing band that can contain anything from two to ten members. He's taken the Christiania show to Iceland Airwaves, Club NME, Popkomm Live, Tanned Tin, Leeds Festival, Green Man, End Of The Road and Huw Stephens Presents. He has toured the UK widely, as well as Spain and Scandinavia, in recent years. He is currently writing his third album, to be released in 2012 on his UK label Brainlove Records.