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We have some exciting Six By Seven news!

Six By Seven Reissue classic album The Closer You Get
On double LP with Peel Sessions Plus release Six By Seven Greatest Hits CD Via Beggars Arkive on February 17th 2017

Live Dates:
March 4 2017 - The Maze, Nottingham (Sold Out)
March 11 2017 - The Garage, London

Nottingham’s finest rock export Six By Seven are set to release a double vinyl reissue of their 2000 classic The Closer You Get, with an additional LP of Peel Sessions and B-sides, as well as a Greatest Hits CD, both to be released via Beggars Arkive on 17 February 2017. To coincide with the releases, the band will be bringing together their original line-up for the first time in sixteen years for a triumphant return to the stage with a special show at The Maze in Nottingham on 4 March (which is now sold out) as well a one-off London show at The Garage on 11 March.

Despite heaping praise on Six by Seven’s breakthrough second album The Closer You Get, the press seemed confused as to how to categorise them. The band straddled a fine line between post-Brit Pop, British rock and a much edgier kind of punk. Inspired by the Pistols and the Stranglers as well as US bands such as Sonic Youth and Mercury Rev, Six By Seven consciously wanted to write songs that would get played on the radio, as Chris Olley explains: “We wanted to fill a gap I think, fill it with the sort of music we would like to hear and buy ourselves; sort of Captain Beefheart doing pop.”

Mixing misanthropic lyrics with Olley’s distinctive vocal style, the music was underpinned by malevolent, slow-burning guitars, creating a menacing, dense wall of sound. Chris Olley continues; “There is a great sense of vitriol running through The Closer You Get both musically and lyrically.” Journalist Sharon O’Connell commented in her review for Mojo; “Few bands now have the courage to make noise as meaningful as this; it’s like warming your heart against a limited nuclear strike.”

Back in 2000 it didn’t seem like the country was ready for Six By Seven’s brand of politically aware, angry and astute rock’n’roll. Whilst Olley was singing about junk food culture, unexploded mines, fake success and “this country’s dirty and depressing”, others were embracing Blair’s Britain. People had it “good” and Coldplay were about to become the biggest band in the world. It seemed like no one understood where Six By Seven were coming from. As Olley explains: “To us it felt like everything was being diluted, merged and homogenised.” He talks about the sense of isolation they felt from the rest of the music industry: “We actually felt quite helpless and not part of anything, it was almost like we were in our own broken dream, stranded on an island because we had pulled up the drawbridge.”

With everything going on in the world currently, the time is ripe to experience these impassioned songs again. The idea for the reissues came following a fan’s campaign to get the song “Eat Junk Become Junk” to a Christmas number one after Shaun Keaveney played it on his breakfast show last year, knocking both Slade and The Darkness off the number one spot for a brief moment during Christmas week in 2015. Following this flurry of interest, Olley and Lesley Bleakley from Beggars Arkive decided to reintroduce the band’s classic sophomore album The Closer You Get to a modern audience, as part of a carefully curated reissue package.

The Closer You Get reissue will be presented in all its former glory, without being remastered or tampered with, and will sound the same as it did when it originally came out. In homage to Beggars Arkive’ re-release of Olley’s heroes and labelmates, Mercury Rev’s Yerself Is Steam, the additional LP will be polybagged together with the album. It will feature Six By Seven’s third Peel session on one side and various b-sides and other Peel sessions on the other. The “Greatest Hits” CD will include a celebratory selection of songs from across their seven studio albums.

Having formed in 1994, Six By Seven have gone through various incarnations, with the only constant being singer and composer Chris Olley. They recorded three albums for Mantra Records via Beggars Banquet – The Things We Make (1998), The Closer You Get (2000), The Way I Feel Today (2002) ­– toured extensively, had two hit singles – “Candlelight” (1998) and “I O U Love” (2002), recorded five Peel Sessions and appeared on Later With Jools Holland (December ’98).

Since the release of 2004's sixbyseven:04, Chris Olley has been releasing Six by Seven albums with various musicians independently through his own label Saturday Night Sunday Morning Records, which is distributed worldwide through London’s Cargo Records.

Six By Seven are set to perform gigs with their original line-up. Joining Chris Olley is James Flower (keyboards), Sam Hempton (guitar), Paul Douglas (bass) and Chris Davis (drums). Their sold-out hometown show at The Maze in Nottingham on 4 March will consist of two sets, starting with ten songs from their rich and varied catalogue and followed by a performance of The Closer You Get in its entirety. The London show on 11 March will be a “greatest hits” set, comprised of fan favourites and will be the last chance to see the band in this configuration.

The Closer You Get Re-release

LP 1: The Closer You Get

Side One
1. Eat Junk Become Junk
2. Sawn Off Metallica T-Shirt
3. Ten Places to Die
4. New Year
5. One Easy Ship Away
6. My Life Is an Accident
Side Two
1. Don't Wanna Stop
2. Slab Square
3. England and a Broken Radio
4. Another Love Song
5. Overnight Success
6. 100 & Something Foxhall Road

LP 2:

Side One: 3rd Peel Session
1. Sleep
2. Another Love Song
3. England And A Broken Radio
4. Sawn Off Metallica T Shirt
5. Overnight Success
Side Two
1. Get A Real Tattoo (B-Side)
2. Oh! Dear (1st Peel Session)
3. I'm Wide Open (B-Side)

six by seven Greatest Hits

1. A Beautiful Shape
2. Candlelight
3. Crying
4. For You
5. IOU Love (Single Edit)
6. So Close
7. Catch The Rain
8. New Year
9. Eat Junk Become Junk
10. Bochum (Light Up My Life)
11. Oh! Dear
12. Always Waiting For...
13. Change
14. Truce
15. European Me (live Student Radio Session)
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The Arkivepre-order links will be available in a few days.

5 days ago   ·  4

Ross McConnellI still have that Peel Session on a scabby wee tape somewhere! Saw Six By Seven at King Tuts on the Things We Make tour. When they opened with A Beautiful Shape, it took our faces off. After the gig, we ran down to Tower Records (open 'til midnight!) and bought copies of the album. Saw them through the years. The second album was a beast too; angrier, faster, more stripped-down. Good work.

3 days ago   ·  2

Ian WinterThe closer you get - what does it mean to me? It's a paradox - a very dark twisted affair with lots of bile towards life, yet unique because it's uplifting at the same time, the wall of beautiful harmonious sound building to a crushing crescendo on each track. The steady repetitive throb of Overnight Success is addictive and on repeat so often in my car, the refrain "I'm an overnight success" appeals to my self-loathing view on life. I challenge you to love this challenging yet brilliant work of art as much as I do x

4 days ago   ·  1

Loek StolwijkI remember first time watching 6by7 in Paradiso Amsterdam 90something. They played a short gig at a festival and left me breathless because of the raw energy of their minimal bombastic drone like music. Been waiting for almost 18 years now for them to return to Holland..

4 days ago   ·  1

David PatrickI was finishing my A levels in Nottingham when this came out. Listening to this record takes me back to Rock City, sticky floors, and more innocent times!

4 days ago   ·  2

David GriffithsI love this group but particularly this album. There were no other bands that sounded like this at the time and the wall of sound guitars made them a great, powerful live outfit.

4 days ago   ·  1

Mark LovellI first heard this when I was in a record shop (remember them) and had to ask the assistant what they were playing,instant purchase and have been hooked ever since.

4 days ago   ·  1

James Andrew TurnerLove this album. Already got my tickets for the Nottingham gig!

4 days ago   ·  1

Alfonso Rojo CriadoFantastic news!!!! I wish a gig in the Basqueland...

4 days ago   ·  1

Mathias SkeppstedtOne of my favorite bands!

4 days ago   ·  1

George DykerA true classic.

4 days ago   ·  1

Ian MathersSuper excited for both of these

4 days ago   ·  1

Laurent ChaneguierA gig in paris please!!!!!!!!

4 days ago   ·  1

Omar CalaveraCan I pre-order it?

5 days ago   ·  1

Simon RobertsOne of the most underrated bands of all time and Closer You Get is one of my all time favourites. Do yourself a favour and buy it! So so good......

3 days ago   ·  1

Roddy Macleod'I've got a really bad fuckin haircut, I've got a back seat for a bed.' saw them 23/10/2001 at the venue in Edinburgh, hardly anyone there, and Olley was pissed but put his heart and soul into it for the few that had attended and played a blinding set, me and my bro Calum Macleod. Cant wait for this vinyl next year.

4 days ago   ·  2

Steve RobertsonMy mate got me into this at University by enthusing about Oh Dear after I woke up on his floor in Sheffield one weekend. This album then became a firm favourite for the next 17 years! Nothing at the time was anywhere near it for sheer raw energy, genuine emotion and just the best flipping guitar sound committed to record. I've played it over and over and over and it still sounds relevant and engaging. It inspired me to learn guitar. It has been the soundtrack to many journeys all over the world. Chris Olley is still making great music today and you should seek it out but its also worth taking this opportunity to pay tribute to a great album. Worth it for the Peel Sessions alone! Chapeau to Beggars for supporting these guys in the first place and also for this release - feels like the right time to look back and celebrate it and also bring it to new ears. Can't wait for the gigs!

4 days ago   ·  1

Jorge SalgueroThe first thing I did when they finished their concert in Benicassim 2002 was to look for the merchandising stalls to buy the record. Since then they have always been one of my favorite bands. Great news this reissue that, of course, I will catch :)

4 days ago   ·  1

Ali BurgeIf this sells well enough, will you consider giving The Things We Make the same treatment?

3 days ago

Martin Pin Ball GrayMy first Six By Seven album - in 2000. It kicked EVERYTHING else released that year into a cocked hat and was my top LP of the year by a fair few miles. And, needless to say, I've been smitten and devoted to their cause ever since. There have been numerous incarnations of the band and various subsequent releases of course, but this has to be their definitive album in my view - twelve sucker punches to the cranium and gut like no other [third album The Way I Feel Today also was pretty bloody amazing, but this came first of course!]. Still play it loud and crank it up to the's so fucking downright .... adrenalised !!!! Makes you feel invincible just listening to it!

4 days ago   ·  3

Diogo Gonçalves NetoBought this album after I've seen them play Live in Benicassim back in 2002, a truely memorable gig

4 days ago   ·  1

Tom PerryWrote a re-review of this a few years ago.

2 days ago

Simon WelburnBrilliant album. Love it.

4 days ago   ·  1

Angus ReidFirst saw them supporting the Dandy Warhols at the Portsmouth Pyramids back in about '98-ish and they immediately became by favourite band and biggest musical influence for the next 18 years. My own music writing never really got over Six By Seven from that point. The Closer You Get was such a massive album in so many ways and there's not much that matches it, even now, especially the likes of Another Love Song.

4 days ago   ·  1

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