Feature: Jack Foley
WHEN the NME writes that 'no other band gets close to the potential
of these oiks', it's probably worth taking notice.
But The Ordinary Boys could well be one of the British bands
to watch over the coming months.
They followed dates with Stellastarr and Biffy Clyro, at the
close of 2003, with their first UK tour in January and February,
and released their debut single, the two and a half minute rush
of Maybe Someday on February 2.
The Ordinary Boys may still be in their infancy, but have already
been tipped by NME, X-Ray, Radio 1 and MTV2 as one of the bands
most likely to make it in 2004.
Having formed in March 2002, the four-piece are fashioning a
uniquely English sense of guitar pop with bite, citing influences
from the most loved Will Self to Brighton Rock, PG Wodehouse and
the golden era of British guitar music.
Having played the Radio One Live in Brighton event with Hot Hot
Heat and Franz Ferdinand at the request of Zane Lowe, after he
heard an early demo of Maybe Someday, the band haven't
really looked back, and are quickly forming a fervent fan base.
The Times noted at an early show that 'their best tunes really
do evoke Paul Weller, when he was still alive, and the Smiths
minor key fantasies'.
You can still catch The Ordinary Boys at the NME Awards Show,
at Hammersmith Palais, on February 13, when they will share the
bill with the hotly-tipped likes of Jet, The Stands, and The Killers.
In the meantime, they are also applying the finishing touches
to their debut LP, with producer Stephen Street, with the intention
of making it a Summer release.