Hundred Reasons are a British rock band from Surrey, composed of Colin Doran (lead vocals), Larry Hibbitt (guitar, vocals), Andy Gilmour (bass), Andy Bews (drums) and Ben Doyle (guitar). Originally, the band was signed to Columbia Records in mid April 2001, after fourteen months of near-constant touring. To date, the band has released four studio albums and numerous singles.
Hundred Reasons have sold in excess of 250,000 records over the course of eight years, and have won three Kerrang! awards for: "Best New Band" (2000), "Best Album" (2002) and "Best Unsigned Act" (2004).
The band's debut album, Ideas Above Our Station, reached #6 in the UK Albums Chart and spawned several Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart. The band went on to tour extensively throughout Europe and Japan. Despite selling 65,000 copies of their second album, Shatterproof Is Not A Challenge, they were dropped by Sony BMG in June 2004.
On 9 August 2006 it was announced on the band's official website that guitarist and vocalist Paul Townsend would be leaving the band following their tour of Japan in early September. Townsend's departure was said to be 'totally amicable', and Ben Doyle of The Lucky Nine joined the band as his replacement.
The band's fourth album, Quick the Word, Sharp the Action, was released on 15 October 2007. However, less than a month after the album's release, V2 Records was purchased by Universal Records - leaving the band without a record label. Hundred Reasons describe the situation as: "depressingly similar to when Shatterproof was released in 2004. Lightning has struck, hard. Twice." Larry Hibbit joked in interview that "if you count publishing, we have now had more record labels than albums." The band re-released the album on April 20 2009, preceded by the single "I'll Never Know".
In April 2009, bassist Andy Gilmour stated that: "when [the band] actually have something to release we’ll release it. I can’t really give a date. So far, we’ve only had one proper practise where we were actually writing. We came out with one really good song, but to do a whole album’s worth is tough; it’s going to take a while."
- Ideas Above Our Station (2002) UK #6
- Shatterproof Is Not a Challenge (2004) UK #20
- Kill Your Own (2006) UK #79
- Quick the Word, Sharp the Action (2007) UK #100
- 2004: Live Bootleg (originally distributed at concerts, now available on internet)
- 2006: Live at Freakscene
Singles and EPs
- EpOne (2000) EP
- EpTwo (2001) EP UK #47
- EpThree (2001) EP UK #37
- Hundred Reasons/Garrison split (2001) EP
- "Lamps Collapsing" (2002) Fan club release only
- "If I Could" (2002) UK #19
- "Silver" (2002) UK #15
- "Falter" (2002) UK #38
- "The Great Test" (2003) UK #29
- "What You Get" (2004) UK #30
- "How Soon Is Now?" (2004) UK #47
- "Kill Your Own" (2006) UK #45
- "The Perfect Gift" (2006)
- "The Chance/Live Fast, Die Ugly" (2006)
- "No Way Back" (2007)
- "I'll Never Know" (2009) (download only)
- "Break the Glass" (2009) (download only)
- The Dead Cheap Fierce Panda Sampler - (September 2000, features "Cerebra")
- Born To Do It Better - (October 2000, features "Change Of Season")
- Rumours, Ridicule and the Profit Motive - (January 2001, features "Counting The Days")
- Please Take Off Your Shoes Before Entering - (March 2001, features "Slow Learner")
- Rumours, Ridicule and the Profit Motive - (April 2001, features "Counting The Days")
- Commercial Breakdown Vol. 2 - (August 2001, features "Different" and "Wireframe")
- Mosh & Go - (October 2001, features "Slow Learner")
- How Soon Is Now - The Songs of the Smiths - (March 2004, features their cover of "How Soon Is Now?")
Biography from Wikipedia