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The Rakes

The Rakes
Location:London, Other (England)
Record Label:Dim Mak Records
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It all began 3 years ago... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - The Rakes formed after Jamie (Bass) and Alan (vocals) met at college - Jamie 'did art' and Alan 'did science'. A few years later Jamie met Matthew (Guitar and vocals) and the drummer (drums) when he worked in a shop in London. Around the time of meeting, bands such as The Strokes, The Streets, The etc, etc's - were coming out. Taking note that that if all 4 were in a band together they'd be called "The Rakes" cos they're all "skinny as rakes" - the bad in-joke became reality and now they're touring the world and being taken fairly seriously. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - They have since given up the day jobs and have been busy touring with Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, The Buzzcocks, and many, many, many other dates that seem to all blend into one long night. Ask any one of the band: what time is it?... what’s the date?... what country are u in?... what year? who's the president? and they will most likely look at you, mouth open and with a blank look on their face until you walk away confused. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - With musical influences ranging from the regular stuff that all skinny, pale, white blokes in bands like (Bowie, Blur, The Cure, The Strokes, Phil Lynnot, The Specials, LCD Sound System, U2, etc) to stuff that is not so obvious (Tosca, Dizzy Rascal, Statik, The Go Team, etc?). Anything that sounds good will be nicked and used in their music. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - Lyrically, the 1st album was a mix of regular personal diary-like notes of 1st person events (22 Grand Job, Retreat, Work, Work, Work) to more abstract/conceptual songs (Binary Love, We Are All Animals, Terror!). All from the debut album "Capture/Release" produced by Sir Paul Epworth - on V2 Records. - Thanks V2 and Dimmak for your support!! The 2nd album will centre on a general theme to allow focus but won’t be a concept album per say so it won’t be limited in its breadth of topic.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 2006 will mean less touring for the band with (just) a US, French and UK tour and then all the festivals they can possibly blag them and pikey cousins into for free... So that they can record their 2nd album for release early 2007. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----- ***Here are some comments from some newly converted Rakes fans: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ...Email to The Rakes.... From: andy.xxxxx@xxxxx.com Sent: 19 February 2006 22:08:19 To: therakesuk@hotmail.com Subject: Swearing On Records Hello Rakes, Both my son and I are huge fans of the band. However, I would be very grateful if you would not swear on any future releases as my son is a mere 5 years old. As such he cannot listen to songs with rude words in. Cheers ----------------------------------------- Email sent… ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------- ...From: katie h Sent: 18 March 2006 22:20:37 To: therakesuk@hotmail.com Subject: Let me come to your gig pleeeeeease! i know this is really pushing it but is there anyway i can meet you guys? i tried to at glasgow school of art but my friend threw up 5mins before you finished and i had to take her home...im not a mentalist, just like your music and would like to have a conversation with normal english people...i could bring a fit girl as my plus one?!?! ---------------------------- love Katie -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ...From : Patty Sent : 21 January 2006 07:05:13 To : therakesuk@hotmail.com Subject : hello!! Hi Rakes, I was introduced to you guys by one of my friends. I have never ever step foot in Britain before (I've live in Singapore). So, I find your music really amusing. I bought your album and I've completely fallen in love with your songs. They're really fantastic. Really good. :) I often have your songs stuck in my head which can be very annoying. Anyway, thanks so much for being alive so my life isn't such a drag. Cheers Patty ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ...From : Joseph Daly Sent : 17 January 2006 12:18:09 To : "rakes rakes" Subject : RE: Copyright Stuff ------------------------------------------ - Alan, Cheers! you're a wicked dancer! -------------------------------------- Joe, Tom, Sam, Ed, Oli and Big D.
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