The Smallprint
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The Smallprint

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We have released 2 EP's.

Define Normal EP - Released August 2005 (with old singer Russell)

Never odd or eveN EP - Released February 2006 (with current lineup)

Our song "Smiling, Cying, Dieing" has recieved radio airplay on local stations, and a lot of positive reviews on Myspace. Our current EP is available to listen to on our Myspace.


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The story starts February 2002 when Mike inspired by seeing live bands decided to take up the guitar in the hope of one day being able to form a band. Not long after Mike started learning guitar his cousin Chris decided to start learning the bass.

Anyway Mike and Chris practised by themselves occasionally meeting to jam and see how each other were getting on with their new instruments.

Winter 2002 and it was decided to try and look for a drummer to jam with and Mike put an advert in school for a drummer which led to an introduction with Iain who would officially join the then untitled project in spring 2003.
Still in winter 2002 Mike got to know Martin Cochrane who began jamming with Mike and Chris in January 2003.

The next progression was in spring when Mike, Iain and Martin would play in school though mostly Mike and Iain.
The summer saw the first full practise and this was at Iain's church and led to the declaration of the status of a band with the name of "The Smallprint" decided on. However a lean spell of full practices followed this being due to lack of drum kit access.

After the summer Mike, Chris and Martin managed to practise on a regular basis and a full practise was managed in December 2003 at Iain's church and a singer called Christine was brought on board. And in December Mike got a drum kit so there was plenty of practice with Iain after this date. The band managed to practise with all members not quite enough but things were going alright in 2004.

March 2004 saw the first gig which was a fundraiser in Martin's church where we played two songs. We were all buoyant after this gig however things took a turn for the worse when Christine was unable to show up for recording and never made a practise again. This led to Mike taking up the singing in order to keep things going.

August saw the bands 2nd gig which was another fundraiser though this time in the youth centre at Iain's church. This was a very tough gig due to Mike having to do the singing and so began the hunt for a new singer. It was decided to go for a female singer after seeing what females could bring to a band. In early October the band managed to get some recording done at Mikes cottage, this being our 2nd personal recording.

Late October and Alice Carson was recruited. There was a lot practise with Alice and we played a gig at Wellington SU weekend and then the Front Page in December to close 2004.
There was more frequent practise with Alice who had a brilliant attendance for practise beating Martin.

In late February 2005 after the 3rd personal recording Alice decided to leave the band feeling her voice didn't suit the music that was being played. This was a very honest decision for Alice to make and the band were disappointed she left. Thanks to Alice for the time she gave The Smallprint and in all honesty no bad words can be said about her time in the band. After Alice left the search for a new singer began again.

Iain to the rescue!!! In his excursions to the warehouse Iain go to know Adam Harper, lead singer in u.X.o. who in turn introduced Iain to Russell. So the band brought Russell on board after a great initial practise. Iain began organising gigs for May and intensive practise with Russell began in order to be ready.
However in this period Martin only made 1 ½ practices since Alice left and couldn't promise the same level of commitment as the rest of the band and left. The band wishes him well and thanks him for his time in the band and the effort he put in.

The Band has progressed greatly since Russell joined and have since completed and amazing recording session at Komodo in June 2005.

Summer of 2005 was probably the most fun summer the band had. With 2 headlining gigs at The Rosetta and a support slot there also, the band begun to establish a name for itself, gaining new found band friends and fans from respected bands Riverstone, The Rivals and 9Lies. They also begun establishing a fanbase. They also travelled further than Belfast, playing gigs in Portadown, Downpatrick and in early September, in Scotland for a Battle of the Bands in which they performed very well but unfortunately did not win. They also competed in the BTC Battle of the Bands in Bangor, and The Warehouse Battle of the Bands in Newtownards.

The autumn of 2005 was quite slow, with no gigs and Russell deciding to take a break. However Mike and Iain started writing new songs which will be aired at their next batch of gigs, and they recruited Ryan Hughes on guitar. Also, Russell announced that he wanted to leave the band. This was quite a drastic loss for The Smallprint, now having lost 3 singers in 1 and a half years. However, in no time at all they found a new singer, Marty Gallagher, who they feel is their best singer to date, and hopefully Marty will make us pursue our final line up.

The new Smallprint music is heavily influenced by From Autumn To Ashes, Thrice, The Used, and Funeral for a Friend. It's also