Formerly typified by scorching anger and corruscating, intense guitars, Six.By Seven have returned after several years (after stating their ‘death’ in 2009) with an album that – though still clearly riled – is strident and exultant. Love, Peace and Sympathy, released earlier this year, is the band’s most overtly melodic album. The swathes of swirling, heavy guitars are still in abundance, but there is a clarity to the vocals, an openness of emotion, and a more drum-driven and urgently appealing sound that makes it feel like a new band and not picking up where they left off, but instead reborn, revitalised.
Singer/guitarist and founder member Chris Olley has, since the band’s split, been incredibly prolific with work on solo projects, being an acoustic guitarist/singer-songwriter as well as experimenting with electronic, synth-based compositions that are clearly spurred on by ’70s and ’80s European artists, arousing in mind the soundtrack to the Chris Petit film Radio On.
Bringing back Six.By Seven is, Chris says, necessary, because ‘nothing compares to making a racket in a band!’ He recruited Steve Hewitt, former drummer with Placebo, and original members James Flower and Martin Cooper complete the line-up.
We spoke to Chris about Six.By Seven as they are now, as well as exploring the band’s past.