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Fifty Views / Bio

Fifty Views was formed in late 2001, when 2 friends, Jon Riley (Lead Guitar) and Chris Teague (Drums) put an advert on some forgotten website requesting a bass player (Their logic was get a band together before they try to find a singer).

Bruce Woodward, fresh off the plane from Zimbabwe was interviewed and despite not showing the best bass moves, the pair felt there was potential there. Bruce did some auditions with the two friends and a week later they were advertising for a lead singer. In the process, they picked up another guitarist Joel the Swede. James Stevens answered the plea for help and a nameless band were formed.

As with all bands, practices were had, songs were written (I Miss Myself being one of the first) and before long they decided they were ready to start gigging. But first they had to decide on a name... when one night in a pique of frustration Jon said "We can't have fifty views about this, jsut decide on one"... as this seemed to fit the nature of the band, the name Fifty Views was adopted.

The band did it's first few gigs in and around London, appealing to the Southern African fans most of all, and after the first demo was written, Joel had to leave for Sweden and a career in producing (at least this was the last time he was seen). As a foursome they continued gigging, and writing songs, but always suffered from not being the best looking young boyband in town and while there was a passion for the music, the realities of trying to lead a life in the late 20s and early 30s in London, three demo CDs, the band decided to call it a day 4 years later.

I decided to revive the band a few years on, as an ex member of the band and a lover of the music we used to play, I still believe the music speaks for itself and should be shared.

General Info

Band Members
James Stevens, Jon Riley, Chris Teague, Bruce Woodward
Artist Name
Fifty Views
Home Page
Active Since
Indie / Pop / Rock

Contact Info

Moray, SCT, UK