- Embrace (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Embrace
Background = group_or_band
Britpop, indie rock, alternative rock, piano rock, post-punk revival
Years_active = 1997–present
Fierce Panda Records Hut Records Independiente Records
URL = http://www.embrace.co.uk
Danny McNamara Richard McNamara Steve Firth Mike Heaton Mickey Dale:"For the U.S. punk band, see Embrace (U.S. band).
Embrace are an English
rock bandfrom Brighouseand Bradfordin West Yorkshire. To date they have released five studio albums, one singles album and one b-sidescompilation. The band consist of brothers singer Danny McNamaraand guitarist Richard McNamara, bassist Steve Firth, keyboardist Mickey Dale, and drummer Mike Heaton. The group's most recent studio album, " This New Day", was released on March 27, 2006.
After building a following through their EP releases, their debut album "
The Good Will Out" went to number 1 in the British charts on 14th June 1998. However, the sales for their subsequent releases, " Drawn from Memory" (2000) and " If You've Never Been" (2001) were disappointing by comparison and the band were dropped by Hut Recordsin 2002, amid confusion as Virgin Records(Hut's parent company) were taken over by EMI. Around this time frontman Danny McNamara became tabloid fodder due to a rumoured relationship with 90's pop diva Gina G. McNamara was also in a brief relationship with journalist Jayne Thompson.
They were signed by Andy McDonald to his
Independiente Recordslabel and produced a successful comeback album "Out of Nothing", which reached number 1 in the UK in 2004. The 'comeback' single that preceded this album was "Gravity", which had been written by Coldplay's Chris Martinand given to the band as Martin felt it sounded more like Embrace than Coldplay. Danny McNamara and Chris Martin had become firm friends after Coldplay had supported Embrace back in 2000in Blackpool. The single was an instant hit, charting in at number 7. Coldplay have since re-recorded "Gravity" as a b-side for their single "Talk".
The band's fifth studio album, "
This New Day" was released on the 27th March, with the single " Nature's Law" being released the week before (and entering the Official UK Singles Chartat number 2). The album has been seen as a 'fresh start' by the band, with a new songwriting process in place, seeing the whole band contributing to the songs, not just the old writing partnership the McNamara brothers had previously enjoyed. Indeed, Danny McNamara commented that "As kids we grew up listening to bands like Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymenand U2, bands who've always used this technique, but it's something we'd never tried before. It's been an incredibly inspiring experience and really feels like a whole new start for us" [http://www.embrace.co.uk/go/news/story/160/] . This new technique certainly saw the band at its most productive, recording 24 songs in just nine days. [http://www.embrace.co.uk/go/news/story/160/]
Although they are still relatively unknown outside of the
UK, their single "Ashes" is one of the featured "EA Trax" on EA Sports's console-spanning FIFA Soccer 2006, and was also heard in the season two episode of Veronica Marsentitled " Normal Is the Watchword". Furthermore, it was used on the BBC's Premiership football highlights programme 'Match of the Day' as the 'Goal of the Month' theme tune for the 2005-2006 season. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/match_of_the_day/4159110.stm] BBC Match of the Day | Ask us about: Music Details ] "Gravity" was used as the theme for the ITVseries "" in 2005. The song "3 Is a Magic Number" has been featured on Swedish commercials.
Following their successful return with "Out Of Nothing", the first single "
Nature's Law" from " This New Day" entered the charts at #2 on 26 March 2006, providing them with their biggest hit by far. "This New Day" went straight into the charts at #1 and became their third number 1 album in Britain.In March 2006, Embrace were chosen to record England's official football World Cup 2006 song, " World At Your Feet," which received its first radio play on 21 April, 2006on BBC Radio 1, to a generally poor reception among football fans, but a overall positive reception from music critics. It was released on 5 June, 2006and entered the UK singles charts at #3 despite selling more copies than " Nature's Law". [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4927990.stm] Danny McNamara and Steve Firth are both fans of Leeds United.
BBC Radio 1Interview in 2006. Danny hinted that their next album will be their last, although at a gig in Bristolon September 27, 2006, Danny denied the rumours stating that they still had a long way to go. The band even played a track from their currently untitled sixth album called Heart and Soul. Danny further claimed the band was not to split at the Hammersmith Apollotwo days later, and then during each gig of their national tour, he repeated the statement. The band are however to take a break after finishing their Autumn 2006 tour before starting work on their follow up to This New Dayin Spring/Summer 2008.
Radio 1's Live Lounge, Embrace recorded a slower more melodic version of the D12rap song " How Come".
The Good Will Out" (8/6/1998) #1 UK
Drawn from Memory" (27/3/2000) #8 UK
If You've Never Been" (3/9/2001) #9 UK
#"Out Of Nothing" (13/9/2004) #1 UK
This New Day" (27/3/2006) #1 UK
*"" (25/3/2002) #36 UK
*"" (31/9/2005) #129 UK
SG 14 Live In Majorca"
Embrace - A Glorious Day Live in Leeds (2005)"
List of songs by Embrace
* [http://www.embrace.co.uk Embrace official website]
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