SIX BY SEVEN - THE WAY I FEEL TODAY
The band take their name from the research connected with the Hubble telescope.
Six By Seven have a spontaneous approach to their songwriting.
''Six By Seven'' are a Nottingham-based rock band who consist of Chris Olley on vocals and guitars, James Flower on keyboards and until March 2006 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...". At the time they had two other members, Sam Hempton and bass player Paul Douglas. 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.
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'' is released the following year. 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 of 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 album|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 16th 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.
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 are made available via the bands' website.