Friday, April 13, 2007

Good Shoes

Good Shoes is an emerging English indie pop band, hailing from Morden, London. The four-piece are becoming well known for their upbeat, technical guitar pop, characterised by their three singles to date. The band is made up of Rhys Jones (Vocals, Guitar), Steve Leach (Guitar), Joel Cox (Bass Guitar) and Tom Jones (Drums). The band have drawn comparisons with both modern bands (The Futureheads for example) and "classic" bands (such as The Jam and The Buzzcocks). What has been particularly remarked upon about the band are the unique vocals of Rhys Jones, producing a clear sound for the band.

Good Shoes were formed by lead singer Rhys Jones and guitarist Steve Leach, and often wrote and played music together as a hobby. Rhys and Steve appeared as a two piece under the good shoes name for a friends charity gig (Tom-Fest) at a venue in Kingston called The Peel in early January 2004. Eventually, they decided to formalise their hobby into a fully-fledged band, bringing in Rhys's brother Tom and then later Joel Cox (who was friends with Rhys and Steve from secondary school - Raynes Park High School).

The band's first single "Small Town Girl" was released in 2005, which garnered them a session on Xfm. This was released before the band had signed a proper deal and was released independently through Young And Lost Club Records. 2006 was the band's breakthrough year, with an EP called "We Are Not The Same" and then their first full single "All In My Head" released to critical acclaim (not to mention mentions in NME Magazine) and an appearance on the Carling Stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals which led to their first TV appearance on the BBC2 festival coverage. They set up a competition for 300 people to get a picture on their next single "The Photos On My Wall"; this became their first single to enter the UK Singles Chart, entering at number 48 on 6 January 2007. The latest single by the band managed to get to number 34 in the U.K Top 40

The band travelled to Malmö, Sweden to record their first album, called Think Before You Speak, with Per Sunding at Tambourine Studios, released at 26th of March 2007. Highly Recommended!

Good Shoes - The Photos On My Wall
Good Shoes - Small Town Girl
Good Shoes - Never Meant To Hurt You
Good Shoes - Think Before You Speak (album stream)
Good Shoes @ MySpace

Good Shoes - All In My Head

Good Shoes - Never Meant To Hurt You

Bright Eyes - Cassadaga (2007) !!!
The National - Boxer (2007) !!!
Panda Bear - Person Pitch (2007) !!!
Stars - Do You Trust Your Friends (2007) !!!
The Rosebuds - Night Of The Furies (2007) !!!
Cut City - Exit Decades (2007) !!!
Maria Taylor - Lynn Teeter Flower (2007) !!!
Brandi Carlile - The Story (2007) !!!
The Brothers Martin - The Brothers Martin (2007) !!!
+ Peter Bjorn And John, Silversun Pickups, Wilco, The Shins, Ratatat, The Dears, Milosh, The Album Leaf,
Joakim, Menomena, The Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids, DeVotchKa, Bart Davenport,
Amy Winehouse, The Radio Dept, Jungle Brothers, Ghostface Killah, Wu Tang Clan, etc.
House Of Fools - Live And Learn (2007) !!!
Winterpills - The Light Divides (2007) !!!
Chase Pagan - The Chase Pagan [EP] (2007) !!!
Deas Vail - All The Houses Look The Same (2007) !!!
Portugal. The Man - Waiter: "You Vultures" (2006) !!!
Anberlin - Cities (2007)
Daphne Loves Derby - Good Night Witness Light (2007)
Fountains Of Wayne - Traffic And Weather (2007)
Sherwood - A Different Light (2007)
Lakes - Photographs [EP] (2006)
+ Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Forever The Sickest Kids, Timbaland, xAFBx, etc.
PJ Harvey - Peel Sessions 1991-2004 !!!
The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes !!!
The Be Good Tanyas - Hello Love
+ New Order, Björk, The Knife, Damien Rice, Belle & Sebastian, The Arcade Fire, etc.
Sia - Colour The Small One
Damien Rice - O + 9
Interpol - Antics
The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
Pauline Croze - Mise A Nu
K's Choice & Sarah Bettens - Albums
The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Indie/Alternative Albums


Blogger Greg said...

Crazy videos, but good stuff.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only are these guys assholes, but their music is generic shit, too. As this being my first post read on your blog, I know not to come back.

6:14 AM  
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