2. Candlelight 4:08
3. Crying 3:19
4. For You 2:56
5. IOU Love (Single Edit) 3:58
6. So Close 4:39
7. Catch The Rain
8. New Year
9. Eat Junk Become Junk
10. Bochum (Light Up My Life)
11. Oh! Dear 7:34
12. Always Waiting For... 6:23
13. Change 6:20
14. Truce 8:49
15. European Me (live Student Radio Session)
Released 17 February 2017
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.”
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.
"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
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.
Record Collector album reviews
Record Collector reviews The Closer You Get + Greatest Hits
"We certainly owe them love by now"
Mojo album review - Greatest Hits
4 star MOJO review of the 2017 Six. By Seven Greatest Hits collection