- The Rakes
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Rakes
Landscape = Yes
Background = group_or_band
Indie rock Art rock Post-punk revival
Years_active = 2004–present
Label = V2
URL = [http://www.therakes.co.uk Official website]
Alan Donohoe Jamie Hornsmith
The Rakes are an English
indie rockband from London.
The Rakes formed in 2004. taking their name from
The Rake's Progress, Rake meaning, a dissolute or profligate person, esp. a man who is licentious; roué. Although they have since joked in interviews that they took their name from the fact that they are "skinny as rakes." Since coming to fame in 2005, they have been associated with the British post-punk/art-rock scene, a genre shared by bands such as Bloc Party, Maxïmo Park, and The Futureheads. However, it could be argued that the Rakes originate from the east London/ Whitechapelpunk scene – along with The Others, The Libertines.
The Rakes write songs about working life, mundane routines, and escapism as shown on their acclaimed debut album "Capture/Release" that spawned the singles "22 Grand Job," "Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)," and "Retreat." Several of their singles have appeared in the UK top 40 list and their album "Capture/Release" reached #32 in the UK Album chart. Their take on working life has led some observers to describe them as the world's first post-
David Brentband. The "22 Grand Job" video shows them playing in an office environment – one of the main themes to their songs.
The Rakes accompanied Franz Ferdinand on their 'You Could Have It So Much Better. ..' tour during the winter of 2005. They toured the UK throughout January and February 2006 – supported by White Rose Movement, Duels,
Young Knives, Switches and Klaxons. Their London Astoria date sold out so far in advance that another two London dates – at Shepherd's Bush Empire– were added, which sold out. The Rakes Last London show was in March 2007 at Brixton Academy – This show, like all of their London dates so far, sold out. The band are booked to play at Jersey Live, an Indie/Rock festival in the Island of Jerseysupporting The Fratellisand Kasabian.
The Rakes are quite famous for their fashion sense, and the particularly distinctive dress style: stripey tops or smart polo shirts, black
drainpipe jeansand black trainers. They also associated with the brands Fred Perry, Dior Hommeand Louis Vuitton. Fashion designer Hedi Slimanewas said to be so impressed by the band's music and dress sense that he based one of his collections around them. The Rakes also provided the soundtrack to the Dior Homme fashion show, with the song "The World Was A Mess, But His Hair Was Perfect". The song is eighteen minutes long, but a shorter version of was used by the band whilst touring in support of their first album, and is included on their second album. This is the second single from Ten New Messages.
The last single from Capture/Release, "All Too Human", was released in the UK on
27 February 2006and reached their best chart position (22) to date. It was their first new material since the release of Capture/Releasein August 2005. The single enjoys a similar name to one of Friedrich Nietzsche's books, " Human, All Too Human" published in 1878. This is unlikely to be a coincidence as Alan Donohoe is rarely pictured without a book and is extremely interested in literature. The Rakes played at Trinity May Ballon 19 June 2006.
They second headlined the NME/Radio 1 stage at 2006's
Carling Weekend(Reading/Leeds festivals) – playing just before Maxïmo Park, the spot taken by The Futureheadsat 2005's Carling Weekend.
In 2006, they covered of the song "Le poinçonneur des Lilas" by the French singer
Serge Gainsbourg. The Rakes' version was named "Just a Man With A Job". It was for a covers album, entitled Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited, a project in which many bands (including Franz Ferdinand and Placebo) took part.
The Rakes' second album, "Ten New Messages" was released by V2 Records on
19 March 2007. This album was produced by Jim Abiss (who has also worked with Arctic Monkeys, Editorsand Kasabian) and Brendan Lynch (who has worked with Primal Scream). It was recorded in Mayfair Studios in Londonduring the autumnof 2006.
On speaking about the album, the singer Alan Donohoe stated that:
"The album was inspired by a combination of
choral music, the television show 24, Bond theme tunes, World War Ipoets and the Sugababes."
The Rakes have just completed their first tour of the UK since the release of "Ten New Messages", including their biggest headline show to date including a sold out show at Brixton Academy.
*"All Too Human" was named Single Of The Week by
Jungalist.net on the day of its release, 27 February 2006.
* Alan Donohoe is a vegan and Jamie Hornsmith is a vegetarian.
* The whole band are believed to be huge fans of their own tribute band, the Ho Ho Hoes, who have played a selection of their songs at The Rakes Forum Christmas parties since 2005.
*The song "Open Book" is one of the preloaded tracks on Microsoft's
*The band prefer Coke to Pepsi,
Radioheadto Muse (band), and "drinking loads of booze and reading books" to Connect 4, Risk, Monopoly, Guess Who? and Chess. [http://www.gigwise.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58972]
*While performing at the Gala of the French engineering school Supelec, October the 19th 2007, they acquired some DVDs from the staff, and forgot to return them
* [http://www.therakes.co.uk/ The Rakes Official Website]
* [http://www.musicomh.com/interviews/rakes_0705.htm The Rakes interview]
* [http://www.comfortcomes.com The Rakes interview on CC]
* [http://www.mtvasia.com/Feature/Entertainment/20051115000392/index.html Alan Donohoe interview]
* [http://www.popmatters.com/music/interviews/rakes-051114.shtml PopMatters interview (11/2005)]
* [http://fuel.tv/?p=ND&id=142 The Rakes Fuel TV interview]
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