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They belonged to the post- Smiths wave of British musicians such as The Sundays and Marion, with a sound relying heavily on complex guitar arpeggios often in a minor key, and wailing vocals. At the height of their popularity between 1994 and 1999 they had fifteen Top 40 singles [1] and four Top 20 albums in the UK. [2] The band officially broke up in 2003, but reformed for a greatest hits tour in July 2007. [1] Shed Seven continued to play shows around Britain periodically until releasing a new studio album in 2017 with the announcement of Instant Pleasures. With five UK Top 40 entries in 1996, [2] Shed Seven had more hit singles than any other act that year, [3] the high point coming with the release of their seventh single, "Going For Gold", which entered the UK chart at number 8 on 17 March [2] and remains their biggest chart hit to date. A sold-out thirteen-date Autumn tour followed, including their debut at the York Barbican Centre. The definitive band line-up released 3 studio albums— Change Giver (1994), A Maximum High (1996) and Let It Ride (1998)—along with a greatest hits compilation, Going For Gold (1999). The release of the latter was forced upon the band by their record company, Polydor, [12] after Let It Ride failed to match the album sales of its predecessor, which sold 250,000 copies in Britain alone. [3] [13] Despite the band's reservations about issuing such a compilation so soon in their career, the album went on to sell 130,000 copies [12] and featured brand new material in "Disco Down" and "High Hopes", both intended to be issued as singles. "Disco Down" went on to become the last Banks-era hit for the band, peaking at number 13, [2] whilst "High Hopes" was sidelined by Polydor in favour of a proposed re-release of the previous single, "Going For Gold". However, the band refused to comply, leading to Shed Seven and Polydor Records parting company in late 1999; [12] This Friday, Shed Seven also release 25th anniversary editions of their celebrated album A Maximum High. Originally released on 1st April; 1996, A Maximum High is Shed Seven’s crowning recorded achievement to date, charting at number 8 and remaining on the Official UK Album Charts for a triumphant 37 weeks. The record spawned five hit singles: ‘Where Have You Been Tonight?’, ‘Getting Better’, ‘Going For Gold’, ‘Bully

Let It Ride spent a total of 7 weeks in the UK album chart, peaking at number 9 on 13 June 1998, giving the band their second consecutive Top 10 album release. [5] Singles [ edit ] a b Sullivan, Caroline. "Review: Shed Seven– A Maximum High (Polydor)". Friday Review (5 April 1996): 10. Originally released on 1st April; 1996,A Maximum HighisShed Seven’scrowning recorded achievement to date, charting at number 8 and remaining on the Official UK Album Charts for a triumphant 37 weeks. The record spawned five hit singles: ‘Where Have You Been Tonight?’, ‘Getting Better', ‘Going For Gold’, ‘Bully Boy’ and ‘On Standby’, with the York band making appearances onTop Of The Popsno less than four different times during a momentous year. A Maximum High garnered a generally positive response from critics upon release. Ian Harrison of Select drew a number of comparisons with The Smiths in his review, summarising the album as "sexy, Smiths-fuelled and superb"; [11]

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MARK MORRISS (THE BLUETONES) / NIGEL CLARK (DODGY) / CHRIS HELME (THE SEAHORSES) PERFORMING TOGETHER AS MCH Alongside the three new music formats, A Maximum High 25th Anniversary Box Set includes an exclusive art print signed by the band and A Maximum High UK tour laminate, all in one custom lidded box; the ultimate collector’s keepsake of a classic Shed Seven album. On 12 October 2019, Shed Seven played a short pre-match set prior to the 2019 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester. [22]

The band announced a Christmas tour for 2011 – celebrating the 15 years since the release of A Maximum High. The tour, entitled 'The Maximum Hits Tour' focused on their output during the A Maximum High era, and included a brass section on tour for the first time. [ citation needed] Album and EP releases [ edit ]

A Maximum High spent a total of 26 weeks in the UK album chart, [13] peaking at number 8 on 13 April 1996, [13] with the Special Edition reissue peaking at number 13. [13] Discounting the band's singles compilation which reached number 7 three years later, [15] chart-wise, A Maximum High is Shed Seven's most successful album to date. It has sold 186,325 copies in the United Kingdom as of November 2017. In September 1994, the band released their debut album, Change Giver, entering the UK album chart at number 16 [2] and giving the group their first Gold disc. [5] Despite it spending just two weeks in the chart, the "critically underrated debut album", [10] which NME declared "an attempted stab in the face of their critics", [10] gave the band three UK Top 40 singles. [2] As well as enjoying popularity in both the UK and Australia, Shed Seven also found an audience in Thailand, where they managed to beat Take That to the Christmas number 1 spot with their fourth single release, " Ocean Pie". The following April, "Where Have You Been Tonight?", the first record to emerge from the band's collaboration with their new producer, Chris Sheldon, [5] was issued as their fifth single, peaking at number 23 [5] and continuing the band's chart-placing run. Although the single was "rush released" [11] with the intention of it being followed by a swiftly recorded second album, [11] the band failed to capitalize on the song's success as it became Shed Seven's one and only release throughout 1995. Classic Shed Seven (2005) – DVD released as part of the Universal Masters DVD Collection series, the disc contains the promo videos of 10 Shed Seven singles. Certainly, the tough, ultra-confident, tune-stuffed 'outfit' here are, Witter's emotional foghorn vocals apart, barely recognisable from the scruffy tykes on the flashy, but ultimately unsatisfying, 'Change Giver'. Indeed, parts of it are good enough to pass as someone else's second album: chiefly, the record The Stone Roses should have made instead of 'The Second Coming'. Although we feel that certain aspects of the music industry have put a strain on the recording side of things in recent years, the one thing that has remained consistent throughout has been the band's love of performing live and the ability to please the fans by giving 100% every time. This is exactly what we plan to do at these last remaining shows, making a special effort to play what people want to hear. It will be a celebration, a retrospective, a Shed Seven tour to remember.

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