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The Music

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The Music
Origin Kippax, Leeds, England
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock
Years active 19992011
Labels EMI, Hut, Capitol
Associated acts The D.O.T.
Website www.themusic.co.uk
Past members Robert Harvey
Adam Nutter
Stuart Coleman
Phil Jordan
"Phil Jordan" redirects here. For the American basketball player, see Phil Jordon.
The Music were an English alternative rock band, formed in Kippax, Leeds in 1999. Comprising
Robert Harvey (vocals, guitar), Adam Nutter (lead guitar), Stuart Coleman (bass) and Phil
Jordan (drums), the band came to prominence with the release of their debut album, The Music,
in 2002. The band released two further studio albums, Welcome to the North (2004)
and Strength in Numbers (2008), before parting ways in 2011.
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Contents
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1 Career
2 Band members
3 Fashion and Style
4 Discography
o 4.1 Studio and compilation albums
o 4.2 Singles and EPs
o 4.3 DVDs
5 References
6 External links
Career[edit]
The Music all met at Brigshaw High School, except Phil Jordan who went to Garforth, and
began playing in 1999 as Insense. In 2001 the song "Take the Long Road and Walk It"
circulated as a demo before being released by Fierce Panda as a 1000-copies-only single, a
rarity from its day of release. Around this time the NME and Steve Lamacq were describing
them as the best unsigned band in Britain. The band were quickly signed by Hut, who released
their first EP You Might as Well Try to Fuck Me.
In 2002, following another EP (The People) they released their eponymous dbut album which
reached No. 4 in the UK album charts. Their dbut single was re-issued as part of a two-disc set
to promote the album, and reached No. 14 in the singles chart. Two further singles from the
album, Getaway and The Truth is No Words reached No. 26 and No. 18 respectively. June
2003 saw them filling in for an absent Zwan on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival.
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In autumn 2004, they released their second album Welcome to the North and the
accompanying single "Freedom Fighters", before touring with Incubus. August 2005 saw the
band play at the dual-venue V Festival. In late 2006 they played a few UK gigs and
subsequently posted on their site the video new song entitled, Fire, which would eventually be
released on Strength in Numbers two years later. The site also featured a video for unreleased
track Kill 100 by X-Press 2 featuring Robert Harvey.
The band signed a new deal with Polydor in 2007 and spent the rest of the year recording their
third album with producers Flood and Paul Hartnoll.
During this time Harvey also revealed the reason for the band's extended absence. On The
Music's official website, he told of his initial abuse of drugs in his mid-teens: "the addiction
began to sit into its groove. At first it was a joy then later became a habit and a way of
escaping". He later quit drugs, but around the time of the band's second album, had replaced
the addiction with alcohol: "Drinking became the place to hide. I'd have a bottle of wine before
7 pm, then go out and make a fool of myself. The next day was always panic and more
questions it took a close friend to say to me 'Robert, you are depressed'". He sought help at the
end of 2005, and undertook a program that included medication.
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In June 2008, the band released their comeback single "Strength in Numbers", and the
album Strength In Numbers the following week.
In January 2010, the band began demoing material for their fourth studio album. The album was
due for release sometime 2011.
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However, Harvey left the band in September 2010, and
following a series of final farewell shows, The Music split up in August 2011.
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Harvey has since gone on to work with The Streets, collaborating on the album Computers and
Blues. Mike Skinner of The Streets and Harvey also released a Christmas song in December
2010, called Scrooge And Marley I Don't Want It To Be Me.
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On 31 March 2011, The Music announced a series of farewell gigs on their website. The band
played three shows in Japan 2527 July. They then played Brixton Academy London, England
on 4 August, before bringing the curtain down on their career with two home town gigs at the O2
Academy in Leeds on 5 and 6 August.
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On 21 April 2011 the band released the newest and final song of their career on their official
website. "Ghost Hands" was recorded for their now scrapped fourth studio album sessions.
Talking about the single lead singer Robert Harvey said:
"We love the track and it just seemed a shame to leave it gathering dust for ever. It's good to go
out with something positive and new and we think it deserves to see the light of day. Hopefully
the fans will agree again we want to thank everyone who's been with us on this journey and
look forward to celebrating an amazing ten years this summer."
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Following the end of their final tour, the band, in conjunction with Concert Live, released a live
CD/DVD package entitled The Last Dance: Live which captures the gigs from 4th and 6 August
respectively.
Shortly after The Music disbanded, Harvey embarked on a new musical project dubbed The
D.O.T. with former The Streets frontman Mike Skinner. The duo released an album, And That,
on October 22, 2012.
Band members[edit]
Robert Harvey (Born 21/05/1983 in Kippax, Leeds, England) - Countertenor vocalist and
guitarist (Mod. Gibson SG Custom, cherry color) - Pedal (DigiTech Multi-Effects) - Dance
Technique (The Octopus Dance)
Adam Nutter (Born 19/05/1983 in Kippax, Leeds, England) - Guitarist (Lead guitar model
Gibson Les Paul '72 Goldtop, iced tea color) - Pedal (Zoom Multi-Effects)
Stuart Coleman (Born 29/01/1983 in Kippax, Leeds, England) - Bassist (Mod low MusicMan
Sterling, metallic blue color)
Phil Jordan (Born 03/07/1983 in Garforth, Leeds, England) - Drummer (Battery model
Pearl)
Fashion and Style[edit]
The Music has implemented a Shuffle dance or The Octopus dance on genre in each of his
concerts, and fashion dress Phat Pants Pants or Oxford Pants.
Discography[edit]