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The Paddingtons are an Englishmarker indie rock band from Hullmarker, known for their energetic concerts and loyal fanbase. In various interviews bassist Dobbs has said it is due to their willingness to play almost any venue. Between April 2005 and 9 November 2006, they played over 150 live shows, including venues such as The Squaremarker, Harlowmarker; Jersey Live; Summercase; The Undergroundmarker, Stoke-on-Trentmarker; T in the Park and at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.


Composed of Tom Atkin (vocalist), Martin Hines (guitarist), Josh Hubbard (guitarist); and brothers Lloyd (bassist) and Grant Dobbs (drummer), they were signed by Alan McGee to his Poptones record label. They originally made their name touring in and around the Hull area, at such venues as the Welly Club, the New Adelphi Club, and the Railway pub in Cottinghammarker. Favoured by ex- Libertines frontman Pete Doherty, they toured with his current band Babyshambles. Their debut album, First Comes First, was produced by Owen Morris, producer of Oasis' Definitely Maybe.

In November 2006, they headed out on a small scale national tour to road test new material. They appeared alongside The Cribs at the Birmingham Academymarker. The Paddingtons have also appeared with Dirty Pretty Things at "The Forum" in May, and again at The Spice Festival at the Hackney Empiremarker in July 2007. On a holiday in Taipeimarker, Carl Barat of Dirty Pretty Things broke his collarbone, so they recruited the help of Hubbard to play guitar while Barat's injury healed.

In December 2007 they appeared alongside The Neat and The View at Hull City Hall, as part of the Love Music Hate Racism campaign. During the same month they also played a free gig on Christmas Eve to raise money to refurbish the toilets in the New Adelphi Club. More tour dates are lined up for 2008. Their live sets have included a cover version of The Clash's song, "Janie Jones".

The band's second album No Mundane Options was released on 3 November 2008. The first single from the album, "Stand Down", was available for download via iTunes on the Mama Bear Records label, on 4 August 2008.


Studio albums

Compilation albums

  • 2004 - Bring Your Own Poison - The Rhythm Factory Sessions - (contributed an early version of the future album track - "Tommy's Disease").
  • 2006 - Back To The Bus: Compiled by The Paddingtons


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