- For a similarly named band, see The Six Parts Seven.
Six By Seven (also written as SIX.BY SEVEN or six.by seven or six.byseven) are a Nottingham-based rock band who consist of Chris Olley on vocals and guitars, James Flower on keyboards, Sam Hempton on guitar and Chris Davis on drums. Exponents of building, atmospheric drone-rock, influenced heavily by bands such as My Bloody Valentine and Spacemen 3 they found a niche in the industry with a considerable underground following, but despite some attempts to commercialise their sound, this has never crossed over into mainstream success.
The group formed in Nottingham in 1996 after having played initially under the name "Friends Of..." since their first gig at the Old Angel in Nottingham in late 1992. After recording several demos and playing gigs, the band attracted record company interest, and played to a room full of A&R men in Leicester's Charlotte. The room emptied before the first 15 minute song was complete. Undeterred, the band continued to write and record. Bass player Paul Douglas joined later that year.
The band got their break by playing support slots with Rocket From The Crypt and Girls Against Boys, and later changed their name to Six By Seven. The name was taken from the research connected with the Hubble telescope. Sam Hempton came up with the name and described it as follows:
"There was a big debate as to whether the millions of other galaxies in the universe were accelerating away from each other or moving away at a constant rate, or whether they were actually coming back in on themselves. The scientists originally thought that everything would eventually come back in on itself and implode, but what's actually happening is that they are accelerating away at a rate of Six By Seven."
In 1997 the band released its first 12" single 'European Me' to critical acclaim, with numerous publications citing them as one of the most exciting new names in UK guitar-based music, leading to a five album deal. Their first album, The Things We Make was released the following year, after which they began headlining their own shows, as well as touring with Ash, The Manic Street Preachers, The Dandy Warhols, and Placebo. As a sign that Six By Seven had achieved true success, they were asked to play a live session on the John Peel Show, broadcast in May 1998. They recorded four more over the next four years.
Their second album, The Closer You Get was released in 2000. Sam Hempton left the band shortly thereafter. Douglas followed in 2002, after the release of their third album The Way I Feel Today. In September 2004 the fourth album called 04 was released, along with a collection of outtakes from the recording sessions called Left Luggage At The Peveril Hotel which was initially available through the band's website. In April 2005 a new album was announced for release entitled Artists Cannibals Poets Thieves - it was described as Six by Seven's "first album as a three piece".
Shortly before the album's release in June the band announced they were to "stop touring and effectively end the group for the foreseeable future", with a live album and a b-sides and rarities collection to follow.
In December 2005 a new "unofficial" studio album - Club Sandwich at the Peveril Hotel - was released on the band's web site in January 16 2006, with a limited number of copies making their way into stores in March. Although there was mention (and even scheduling) of a series of live gigs for early 2006, these shows were eventually cancelled due in part to Chris Davis leaving the band in March 2006.
In August 2006 the band made a surprise appearance playing at the Social in Nottingham with a new line up featuring past collaborators Tony Doggen Foster and Ady Fletcher with Ian Bissett newly recruited on the drums.
In September 2006 a collection of rarities, live tracks and demo recordings was made available via the bands' website.
On 12 December 2006 the band played another gig at the Social in Nottingham. Once again this featured the lineup of Chris Olley, James Flower, Doggen, Ady Fletcher and Ian Bissett.
In February 2007 it was officially announced via the band website that Six By Seven had reformed with their original lineup of Chris Olley, Sam Hempton, James Flower and Chris Davis. Pete Stevenson takes over Paul Douglas' role on bass.
July 2007 saw the internet release of a new album featuring the newly reformed lineup. It was entitled 'If Symptoms Persist, Kill Your Doctor' and was limited to 1000 copies only. Its lyrics are inspired by an episode of a BBC TV programme called The Trap. Gigs were scheduled to coincide with the release.
A best of (with songs chosen by fans on the official forum) was released later including remixes and a DVD containing the band's promo videos.
The band are currently writing and recording a new album.
- The Things We Make (1998)
- The Closer You Get (2000)
- The Way I Feel Today (2002) UK #69
- 04 (2004)
- Left Luggage At The Peveril Hotel (2004)
- Artists Cannibals Poets Thieves (2005)
- Club Sandwich at the Peveril Hotel (2006)
- If Symptoms Persist, Kill Your Doctor (2007)
- Any Colour So Long As It's Black (All the Way From Forest Fields And Back...) (2008)
- "European Me" (1997)
- "88-92-96" (1997)
- "Candlelight" (1998) UK #70
- "For You" (1998)
- "European Me ep" (1998)
- "Two And A Half Days In Love With You EP" (1999)
- "Ten Places To Die" (1999)
- "New Year" (2000)
- "Eat Junk Become Junk" (2000)
- "So Close" (2002)
- "I O U Love" (2002) UK #48
- "All My New Best Friends" (2002)
- "Bochum (Light Up My Life)" (2003)
- "Bring Down the Government" (2003)
- "Ready For You Now" (2004)
- "Catch The Rain" (2004)
- "Ocean/Clouds" (2004)
Live, demo, or unofficial albums
- B-Sides & Rarities 1
- B-Sides & Rarities 2
- Live in Ashton-Under-Lyne 08/09/99
- Live in Usa, Oslo, Newcastle
- Live in Amsterdam/Paris
- Live at La Route Du Rock 1998
- Live at Eden project 11 August 2001
- Live at Manchester Hop and Grape 15-04-02
- Live at Nottingham Boatclub 31/10/02
- Live Sessions 1999-2001
- Alternative Versions, Remixes And Cover Versions
- Demo's 1997-99
- Live At The Peveril Hotel
- Demos Volume II
- Live at Glastonbury 2008
Biography from Wikipedia