Six by Seven
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).
The band straddled a fine line between post-Brit Pop, British rock and a much edgier kind of punk. Inspired by the Sex Pistols and the Stranglers as well 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.”
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.
“The darker successors to Britpop, musically akin to the minimal guitar mantras of Spacemen 3 and Loop. Their songs harness the beauty and momentum of playing one or two chords, then socking it to you with the big change.” Mojo 4*s
“A sort of pendulum-swing away from the cheeky-chappy cheer of Britpop back toward the stoic guitar maelstroms of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth, Nottingham’s Six By Seven set out to chart a course between the dissonant and the epic.” Uncut
“Veering between Sonic Youth-style jet-engine feedback and atmospheric rock, it sounds as exhilarating as it did back then.” Q 4*s
“Six. By Seven were a fantastic band. Capable of mini-epics culminating in fearsome noise.” Louder than War 8/10
CLRVYNT: Count on a Comeback for Unsung Post-Britpop Heroes Six by Seven
We got Olley on the phone to discuss this flurry of activity for the band, and why they were always overlooked, despite their greatness.
Drowned In Sound: DiS meets Chris Olley from Six By Seven
DiS visited Chris Olley at his home and spent a couple of hours discussing Six By Seven and the making of The Closer You Get, the music industry and his adopted city of Nottingham.
Uncut: Review of The Closer You Get
Record Collector album reviews
Record Collector reviews The Closer You Get + Greatest Hits
"We certainly owe them love by now"
Q: album review - The Closer You Get
Q Magazine reviews the 2017 reissue of Six By Seven's "The Closer You Get".