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The Troubadours release Surrender on June 1st

The Troubadours release Surrender on June 1st

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Last Edited by: Jack Stovin May 1st, 2009.

The Troubadours are not your typical Liverpool based indie band to bring out a single and tour the world. With their debut single this band broke Japan in a big way! They were number 1 in the Japanese airplay and video charts for over a month, resulting in a top 10 album!

Now they’re back from Japan, and ready to release their next single ‘Surrender’ and debut album ‘The Troubadours’ in the UK. Having been named as both iTunes Essentials and Q Magazines Best New Acts of 2008 the band bagged a tour with their now good friends The Enemy it wasn't a bad 2008 for the boys. They were also cherry-picked by none other than the Modfather himself, Paul Weller as support for his UK tour in 2008 thanks to legendary rock photographer Tom Sheehan (Radiohead, Oasis, Robert Smith, Bruce Springsteen) who played their record to friend Paul in a studio after falling in love with it. He then of course also asked to photograph the band for their press shots. The band later went on to headline a sold out tour in Japan and perform at the legendary Summersonic festival. It’s been quite the rollercoaster year for them. So how did it start? Former NME editor James Oldham found the band in early 2008 'signed them to a one off deal on his cult singles label Loog'. James Oldham and Tom Sheehan were not the only fans, but also legendary producer John Leckie (The Bends – Radiohead, Showbiz – Muse, The Beatles, The Fall, George Harrison, The Verve, Stone Roses) who went on to produce an initial single. John Leckie says “As soon as I heard the songs I knew I had to work with them. It was a fresh sort of sound from the north west. When we went into the studio it turned out the band had practically the same record collection as me”. The subsequent album recording was shared between Leckie himself and Ian Davenport (Radiohead, Supergrass, Badly Drawn Boy) over at Radioheads HQ , The Courtyards Studios in OxfordshireThanks for the vast UK success of this single, the band had labels fighting over them, but their best offer came in the form of major label giant BMG Japan. So the band were signed out of Japan, and never looked back. For UK releases the Troubadours wanted to keep control, and managed to get BMG Japan to agree to license the album to indie specialist label Guerrilla (home to Bear Hands, The Transpersonals)

The Troubadours
are a four half – Liverpool, half Wigan group of lads, who have been rapidly building a reputation as of the most exciting new band of 2009. They consist of Mark Frith (lead vocals/guitar/piano/harmonica), Robbie Taylor (backing vocals/lead guitar/violin), Tony Ferguson (backing vocals/bass guitar), Elmo Nino (drums).Check it out.

You can see the band this summer on the following dates:


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