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This City

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"NME Radar"

There can't be many bands who can honestly claim to have met at a tattoo convention. But then, there can be lessstill whose bass player has the principle characters from Star Wars across his arm and whose guitarist claims to have an unspecified image branded on his willy. But this is the world of Brighton's This City, who, through mutual friend and inksman Woody, decided that they should form a hardcore band because "everyone else in Brighton was in one". And they might have remained a hardcore band, were it not for guitarist Arran Day's Test Icicle obsession, singer's Chris Purr's propensity for jerky dancing (imagine a Thunderbird with a nasty wasp sting, only cooler) and the rest of the band's capacity for mischief. Bassist George Travis explains: "At our first practice, we tried to write epic music, but then just suddenly took the piss out of it and made it really catchy, fast and dancey. We were laughing for the whole practice, but then we realised this was the music we wanted to do." Indeed, in frantic beat-bombs like 'Romantic' and new single 'We Move', they've mined something that's as much informed by Bloc Party as At The Drive-In, sitting alongside bands like The Ghost Frequency and Butterfly Collective.
It's been a fast rise. Completed by guitarist Grant Coleman and drummer Nick Burdette, their first solo show in Brighton sold out on word of mouth alone. Within a year of forming, they'd been hand-picked to open the deified post-hardcore heroes Rival Schools on their reunion tour and summer has seem them become the toast of everywhere from The Camden Crawl to Latitude, exemplifying their odd crossover sound.
"It's different, but we all had such a good time doing it that after our first gig we were like, 'Let's do it next week' and the band was formed. Nobody wanted to leave it because it was just so... good." Well said. Words: Dan Martin.

*see pictures section for cutting of this feature. - NME

"Kerrang! Introducting"

"We're masters of the band food game," boasts This City singer Chris Purr. "You take a band name and make a food-related pun so you get things like Rage Against The Cuisine, Tofu Fighters and Toast Of A Thousand. We'll be driving to a show and someone will invent a new one and we'll all go mad for the next hour trying to top it."
It's not exactly the kind of rip-roaring road tale you might expect from a band of young men who met at a tattoo convention, but then This City will happily admit, they're really a bunch of geeks at heart. Forming in Brighton almost three years ago and bonding through a shared love of Thursday and Hopesfall, Purr and guitarist Arran Day enlisted the help of bassist George Travis, guitarist Grant Coleman and a succession of sticksmen (including Architects singer Sam Carter) until recent recruit Nick Burdette made the drum stool his own. After initial flirtations with the conventional post-hardcore sound, a happy accident in rehearsal changed things forever.
"We were messing about and put a dance beat over the music for a laugh," explains Purr. "After about an hour we weren't laughing so much, realising we had hit upon something a bit different and stuck with it."
A steady schedule of touring has since taken the band up and down the country and seen them share stages with Sparta, Biffy Clyro and Rival Schools, building a fan base in preparation for their in-the-works debut album. With big dreams of "cracking America, being big in Japan and finding the perfect sound," tempered with the realistic expectancy of slugging it out for a while at grass roots level, only one question remains: what are This City in the food game?
"Oh, we're Crisp City," the singer laughs. "Probably good old-fashioned ready salted flavour, too. Everyone likes ready salted, right?" Words: David McLaughlin.

* See pictures section for cutting picture - Kerrang!


Album - 'We Were Like Sharks' - Out now



This City have been already been described in review as “like The Travelling Wilburys if it was made up of members from Bloc Party and At The Drive In”. Maybe if you throw in the eyeball-popping nuances of Blood Brothers, the same turn-on-a-sixpence disco-jerk rhythms of the more danceable end of punk (think Les Savy Fav or !Forward Russia!), the impassioned cacophony of mid 80s Dischord Records-led emotional hardcore, the pop sensibility of tykes such as The Automatic and subtract the reference to Tom Petty and co, we might just be inclined to agree…

This City formed and reside in Brighton in 2007 having met at a tattoo convention. Since stabilising their line-up with new drummer Nick Burdette (two of their previous drummers departed to join The Pipettes and Architects) they’ve quickly established themselves as one of the surest bets in the UK’s thriving underground scene.

This City are five young men who look like they were born to share a stage with one another and who play with an almost telepathic ability. A blur of swinging fringes and speed-skinny legs, live This City are an engaging and explosive force.

With their US counterparts having had a monopoly on the anthemic, life-affirming end of hardcore for some years now, This City are part of a renaissance of UK bands who can’t fully relate to Stateside accents and songs about shopping malls (cf Gallows, Ghost Of A Thousand, Kids In Glass Houses etc) and instead are making the music that best represents their lives.

In their short career, they’ve already done numerous live radio sessions, including sessions for XFM and a Radio 1 session for Huw Stephen, who this summer had the band perform on his Radio 1 Introducing Stage at Latitude Festival. 2008 also saw the band support Rival Schools on their comeback tour - which was a dream for a bad who site RS as major influences on their passion for music, and a pretty heavy introduction to life in This City for their brand new drummer. Previously, This City have supported the likes of Biffy Clyro, Sparta, Ghost Of A Thousand, CapDown, Taking Back Sunday and Eagles of Death Metal, and been lauded by everyone from Fierce Panda’s Simon Williams to Steve Lamacq to NME to The Guardian. With a tongue somewhere in the vicinity of their cheek, the latter wryly described This City as “a bunch of neo-post-quasi-sub-pseudo-new-wave kids who operate at the interface between nu rave and emo”, and noted that This City have “been on the road so much they've colonised most of the nation's seedy dives”.

This City occupy that space between punk and pop, between despair and celebration, the gutter and the stars, youth and adulthood and having released 3 indie singles between 07 and 08….those three slabs of uplifting dance floor punk built on incandescent guitars with choruses designed to punch holes in ceilings to were just the beginning. That hard work paid off earlier this year when This City signed an enviable new record deal. In January 09 they joined forces with the Epitaph label for a worldwide contract spanning three albums. The first of those three records - ‘We Were Like Sharks’ - has just been released in the UK and Europe following recording sessions in the first two months of 2009 in chilly and rain swept Seattle working with legendary producer and erstwhile Minus The Bear member Matt Bayles. Bayles’ past credits include such names as Blood Brothers, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Pearl Jam, The Fall Of Troy, Soundgarden and Mastodon.

With storming sets at festivals such as Download, Frequency and Pukkelpop in 09, the band are set for a big Summer in 2010 with more festival appearances and some big support slots to be announced shortly.