Shed Seven

Shed Seven


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Brit-pop band Shed Seven formed in York, England in 1991, although frontman Rick Witter, guitarist Paul Banks, bassist Tom Gladwin, and drummer Alan Leach first began collaborating while still in their teens. After signing to Polydor, 1994 debut single, Mark/Casino Girl failed to chart but follow up, Dolphin, hit the Top 30 and the group ended the year with the release of their debut LP Change Giver and 2 further top 40 singles. The band achieved limited success outside of the U.K. however they achieved megastardom and a number 1 single in, of all places, Thailand. Heralded by the single Getting Better, 1996's A Maximum High earned stronger reviews than its predecessor and they scored 6 UK top 40 hits that year. 1998 saw the release of Let It Ride which included Chasing Rainbows but the album failed to match the success of it’s predecessor and the band parted company with Polydor following a Greatest Hits album. For 2001's Truth Be Told, Banks had left the band and original guitarist Joe Johnson, whom Banks had replaced in 1993, returned. The album failed to make much impact and the band disbanded following a farewell tour. In 2007, they reunited with Banks returning alongside Johnson and they continued to build a reputation as a popular live act. In late 2017 they released a new studio album, their first in 16 years. Produced by Youth, Instant Pleasures combined their traditional sound with blues, pop and gospel elements and saw strong reviews and a return to the UK top 10.