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Breed 77 (pronounced "Breed Seven-Seven") is a band whose music is a fusion of alternative metal and flamenco.

Origin

Breed 77 comes from the British overseas territory of Gibraltarmarker. Old Gibraltarian school friends, Paul Isola, Danny Felice, and Stuart Cavilla met up in Londonmarker and became informally known as the Gibraltarian Mafia. When, in late April 1996, this circle of friends formed a band, they wanted a name to reflect their joint origins and called themselves simply Breed. The band were forced to change their name because it was previously registered by Steve Hewitt (formerly of Placebo) on his vanity record label. Stuart Cavilla, the band's bass player, had previously worked as a motorcycle courier under the call sign of Kilo 77 or K77, and the band became Breed 77.

Awards

In 1998, Kerrang! readers voted Breed 77 the 'Best Unsigned Band'. In 1999, they won both the Metal Hammer and Kerrang! awards for the best new band. Then in 2001 they signed a five album deal with Albert Productions, the legendary Australian publisher of AC/DC.

Music releases

Breed 77's self-titled debut album was first released in November 2001 and due to a high demand was re-released in April 2005. Their second album Cultura was released on 3 May 2004 and went to number 61 in the UK album charts and number 3 in the Rock Album Chart. Cultura produced the singles "La Última Hora", "The River", and "World's on Fire". "The River" managed to secure their first UK Top 40 position, getting to number 39 in the UK Singles Chart. "World's On Fire" just missed out scraping in at number 43, but was number 1 in the Rock Singles Chart. Neither song received any mainstream radio air-time and the videos were featured only on the Scuzz and Kerrang! TV music television channels.

Breed 77 released their third album In My Blood internationally on 11 September 2006. In My Blood (En Mi Sangre) was produced by Ron Saint-Germain (The Saint) noted for his work with Soundgarden, Tool, Creed and Bad Brains. Two bonus tracks were produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers). The first single from this album, "Alive") was out on 12 June 2006, also known as Download Monday, and reached number 6 on the Rock Singles Chart. The second single was "Blind", released on 4 September 2006. Their last single to date is "Look at Me Now", released on 23 April 2007. The single includes a special cover of the song 'Zombie', by The Cranberries.

In early 2007, the band released the iTunes exclusive album Un Encuentro (to coincide with the launch of "iTunes Latino". The album featured 11 songs from previous albums but all sung in Spanish. This album was re-released in physical CD format on 7 May 2007.

The band is currently finalising their fifth studio album, Insects. The first two tracks have been announced as "The Battle of Hattin" (April 2008) and "Wake Up" (July 2008). The album is set to be released on 17th November 2009.

On tour

Breed 77 have toured consistently over the years, and have supported bands such as Black Sabbath, Machine Head, Danzig, Ill Niño, One Minute Silence and Napalm Death. Now as a headlining act in their own right they have built up a loyal following.

They headlined a UKmarker tour in September 2006. Breed 77 played at Santa Cruz X 103.9's Jingleballs concert on December 6 2006, in Santa Cruz, Californiamarker. It was their second live U.S.marker performance. Their first performance was at the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) music festival in 2005 in Austin, Texasmarker, at the now defunct Hard Rock Cafe.In 2008 they were invited to open mago de oz's concerts in Mexico.

Current members



Former members

  • Lawrence Bautista - drums (1996–1997)
  • Nick Beefly - drums (1997–1998)
  • Charlie Gomez - bass guitar (1999–2000)
  • Dan Wilkinson - bass guitar (2000)
  • Peter Chichone - drums and other percussion (1998–2006)
  • Adam Lewis - drums and other percussion (2006–2007)


Discography

Albums



Singles



EPs



References

  1. Insects - New Breed 77 album


External links




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