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Bradford (band)


Dec 17, 2021

Bradford is an English indie band originally from Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Current members of the group include vocalist-lyricist Ian Hodgson and musicians Ewan Butler and Stephen Street.

Indie band from Blackburn, Lancashire

Background information
Origin Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Genres Indie pop
Years active 1987–1991, 2019-
Labels Foundation, Foundation II, Midnight Music, SireWarner Bros, Village Records
Associated acts Morrissey, Ithaka,
Members Ian Hodgson
Ewan Butler
Stephen Street

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The original line-up from 1987 to 1991 was Ian Hodgson (vocals), Ewan Butler (guitar), John Baulcombe (Keyboards), Jos Murphy (bass guitar), and Mark McVittie (drums).[1] The band’s debut single, “Skin Storm” was released in 1988 on the Village Records label, and it had the distinction of being the first independently financed recording to be released on compact disc.[2] Midnight Music, released a self-titled mini-LP, for the French market which was later withdrawn due to copyright issues.[1] The band signed to Smiths producer Stephen Street‘s Foundation label.[3] Street produced the major share of Bradford’s material during their two-year association before the band signed with Sire Records/Warner Bros. Records. The band opened for Morrissey at his first post-Smiths concert at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.[2] 1989[1] saw two further singles, both hits on the UK Independent Singles Chart, and an album, Shouting Quietly, produced by Stephen Street and released in 1989 on his Foundation Records label in the UK, Sire Records label in the United States and by Rough Trade Records throughout Europe. The band would part ways with Sire the following year before disbanding in 1991. That same year Morrissey recorded a cover version of “Skin Storm”, released as a B-side on his “Pregnant for the Last Time” single and also featured on the “My Love Life” and “The CD Singles ’88-91′” albums.[1] In 2018 ‘A Turn Table Friend’ records reissued the majority of Bradford’s back catalogue along with many previously unheard demo recordings on the album entitled “Thirty Years of Shouting Quietly”. 2019 saw Butler and Hodson re-unite with former label boss, producer and friend Stephen Street with the latter becoming a permanent member of Bradford. The now three piece went on to release the 2021 album ‘Bright Hours’ on the Foundation II label.

The band toured extensively during their early years and supported artists including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer, Sugarcubes and James. In the interim years Hodgson formed band Acoustic Uprising, and also played guitar for ‘On Parole’, a tribute to The Clash. Guitarist Ewan Butler wrote and performed with Californian Alternative hip hop artist Ithaka; whilst bass player Jos Murphy is currently playing with Morrissey tribute act, Viva Morrissey from Manchester, John Baulcombe was recently the keyboardist with the Bolton indie pop band Merchandise who released their third album, For The Masses, in June 2010. Since August 2011 he has been playing keyboards, guitar and mandolin for Northern folk-rooted rock band Dave Rowley’s Black Country.

On 19 February 2021, the band released new album “Bright Hours”.

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