SIX BY SEVEN Last ever live show!!
11 March 2017 – The Garage, London
The Closer You Get/Greatest Hits reissues out now via Beggars Arkive
Chris Olley of Six By Seven shares Spotify playlist of Songs That Shaped his life.
Beggars Arkive is happy to launch the beginning of a series of Spotify playlists created by former artists. Kicking off the series is Chris Olley, the brainchild behind Six By Seven. Their classic album The Closer You Get was recently reissued to rave reviews, along with a Greatest Hits cd. Olley put together a list of fourteen songs including tracks by Bowie, Kraftwerk, Neil Young, AC/DC, Ennio Morricone and more. See the Arkive website or facebook page for Chris’ individual song notes.
Coinciding with these releases, the band has brought together their original line-up for the first time in sixteen years for triumphant shows. They played at The Maze in their hometown of Nottingham this past weekend, and will play a London show at The Garage on 11th March.
Mixing misanthropic lyrics with Olley’s distinctive vocal style, Six By Seven’s music was underpinned by malevolent, slow-burning guitars, creating a menacing, dense wall of sound. Chris Olley continues; “There is a great sense of vitriol running through The Closer You Get both musically and lyrically.”
With everything going on in the world currently, the time is ripe to experience these impassioned songs again. The idea for the reissues came following a fan’s campaign to get the song “Eat Junk Become Junk” to a Christmas number one after a UK DJ played it on a breakfast show last year, knocking both Slade and The Darkness off the number one spot for a brief moment during Christmas week in 2015. Following this flurry of interest, Olley and Lesley Bleakley from Beggars Arkive decided to reintroduce the band’s classic sophomore album The Closer You Get to a modern audience, as part of a carefully curated reissue package.
“The Closer You Get resembles the kind of record Radiohead may have put out in 2000 had Thom Yorke chosen Mark E. Smith instead of Richard D. James as his spirit animal—an album for people who like the idea of Muse, but can’t stomach the pretension of the real one.” – Pitchfork, 8.0
“The darker successors to Britpop, musically akin to the minimal guitar mantras of Spacemen 3 and Loop. Their songs harness the beauty and momentum of playing one or two chords, then socking it to you with the big change.” Mojo 4*s
“A sort of pendulum-swing away from the cheeky-chappy cheer of Britpop back toward the stoic guitar maelstroms of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth, Nottingham’s Six By Seven set out to chart a course between the dissonant and the epic.” Uncut
“Veering between Sonic Youth-style jet-engine feedback and atmospheric rock, it sounds as exhilarating as it did back then.” Q 4*s
“Six. By Seven were a fantastic band. Capable of mini-epics culminating in fearsome noise.” Louder than War 8/10
“The Closer You Get is a lost classic.” Soundblab 10/10