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The Waitress [Single] (2010)
Who We Are [EP] (2009)



When Stephen Cochrane returned from London after three years he was re-united with brother Micky Cochrane armed with a whole catalogue of new music. Moving through the city of Newcastle the two brothers sought to create a new band which would encapsulate a new direction. Guitarist Andy Mackin had been spotted around the Newcastle music scene and duly snapped up by the brothers after witnessing some impressive performances.

A competition that the brothers had won saw the necessity for a band become more prevalent. They had landed the chance to perform in front 2000 people at Newcastle City Hall as well as performing in front of Actor Tim Healy and former Lindisfarne band Member Ray Laidlaw.
Drummer Elliot Clarke had been alerted by college mate Andy Mackin that the brothers were forming a band and after little consideration Elliot signed himself up.
Playing under the name ‘The Known World’ the Boys hit the City Hall with the Cochrane penned anthem ‘All the People Want is a Wage’.
Moving forward, the band enlisted singer and songwriter Ian Crummie as Bass player and began to bring Stephen Cochrane and his songs to Newcastle. Due to the nature in which the band had melded together and shared the same musical ideals they renamed themselves ‘The Soviets’, a band of brothers playing music and offering it to its listeners whilst truly believing in the sound they had created.
Finding this interest in music and developing upon their symmetry’s as band members ‘The Soviets’ have played sell out gigs at renowned venue The Cluny, The Sage in Gateshead and headlined the Norwich Rocks festival in Norwich.