The Fades are London based brothers Dave (vox, guitar) and James Lightfoot (bass), lifetime school friend Jonny Barnard (guitar) and Alastair “Flash” Thorpe (drums). The brothers formed the band in 2002 and put out the debut single ‘You Say‘ soon after. It was picked up by Zane Lowe and playlisted on XFM, quickly generating a buzz around the band. After a successful tour of the UK with Art Brut the next year, the Fades garnered a reputation for blistering live shows and mayhem, including a penchant for multi-band clothes swapping on stage. This coincided with a couple more successful singles and a mini album which were all regularly playlisted on national radio and featured in TV shows and publications across the world. More eventful tours of Ireland and Italy followed and the band regularly played raucous live shows around the UK. After US indie label Cranky Girl Records discovered the band, The Fades went out to New York to tour, release some records in the USA and hone their already renowned live set with a whirlwind of gigs, parties, and scintillating scotoma. Arriving back in the UK at the end of 2010 the band was completely reinvigorated and inspired to write debut LP proper; ‘Ragnarok’ influenced by some of their big adventures in the Big Apple.

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Dave Lightfoot

Dave Lightfoot

Vocals and guitar
James Lightfoot

James Lightfoot

Bass and backing vocals
Jonny Barnard

Jonny Barnard

Guitar
Al Flash Thorpe

Al Flash Thorpe

Drums

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