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The Troubadours are an Englishmarker rock band comprising members from Liverpoolmarker, Runcornmarker and Wiganmarker. Their debut single, "Gimme Love" was released in 2007, and reached #20 on the Radio 1 Indie Chart in November. Their second single, "(I'm Not) Superstitious" was released in June 2008.

History

The Troubadours originally started in 2005, when Mark Frith (Songwriter/Lead Vocalist/Guitarist) decided to get a band together to play his growing number of self-penned songs. He began work with Johnny Molyneux (Lead Guitar) immediately. Without a bassist or a drummer, he put adverts in local newspapers in and around the Liverpool area. with the name The Troubadours already born, the band soon recruited Tony Ferguson to play bass, and Nathan Watts to be their drummer after both expressed a strong interest in joining the band.

After countless gigs, they built up a strong fan base, amongst them was legendary producer, John Leckie, well-known for his previous work with The Stone Roses, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. In 2007, Leckie offered to produce two of their songs, which the band quickly accepted. They recorded "Gimme Love" and "Here Comes The Tide" under the production of John Leckie in May 2007 at The Dog House Sudios in Henley-on-Thames. Their debut single, "Gimme Love" was released soon after recordings were finished under the production of Leckie.

In the February 2008 edition of Q Magazine, the Troubadours were included in the "10 Best New Acts of 2008". 2008 also saw the band support Paul Weller during his UK tour. Their second single, "(I'm Not) Superstitious" was released in June 2008.

The summer of 2008 saw the band playing many festivals including V festival in Chelmsford/Stafford and Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo. The latter half of 2008 also saw the departure of original lead guiratist, Johnny Molyneux. He was replaced temporarily by Luke Thomson who had previously been a member of Liverpool band, The Stands. Thomson filled in for Molyneux during the remainder of their tour dates in 2008 and early 2009. The permanent replacement was announced to be Robbie Taylor in late January 2009.

The recording and mixing of their debut album was completed in September 2008, and was released in Japan in the same month. The Album has been pushed to an early 2010 release.

Sound and Influences

The Troubadours' distinct style comes from a unique blend of genres such as Rockabilly, 60s Garage Rock. Their unique tunes have been noted by both Paul Weller and John Leckie as 'classic british songwriting'. The artists that have influenced their sound include Beefheart, Love, The Rolling Stones and The Seeds. The band members also cite The Byrds, Bob Dylan, The Stone Roses and The Who as other major influences.

Their distinctive sound has been compared to many other, more recent bands from the north-west of England, including The La's, The Coral, Cast and The Zutons. Mark Frith's strange yet capivating vocal style has been compared to that of legendary frontman of The La's, Lee Mavers.

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References

  1. http://hangout.altsounds.com/news/107265-the-troubadours-release-surrender-on-june-1st.html
  2. http://hangout.altsounds.com/news/107265-the-troubadours-release-surrender-on-june-1st.html
  3. http://news.q4music.com/2007/12/10_best_new_acts_of_2008.html
  4. http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=35459469&blogId=511100449

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