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They may have slipped out of the public conscious, they may have veered off the radar, but they never went away. Now they have resurfaced. Brace yourself for another abrasive onslaught from The Others.
It’s seven years now since Dominic Masters pioneered social networking in the most basic of ways – making his phone number available to all who wanted it, then answering any call he received, replying to every message. In The Others, Dominic offered a sanctuary for the disparate youth who weren’t at home in the mainstream. Still his favourite song to date, “This is For The Poor” was almost a call to arms for the disenfranchised. A more angry, darker “Mis-Shapes” by Pulp, if you will. These were the days when guerrilla gigs were the epitome of DIY punk rather than corporate commercial endeavours and impromptu performances on the Underground, in the BBC reception, on The Dodgems and countless other places, set The Others apart and offered them national profile which Dominic Masters exploited fully and often controversially. No-one just “quite liked” The Others, they loved them or hated them.
Initially sign to Poptones, a seminal self-titled album was released on Mercury in 2005 and spawned Others classics such as Lackey, William and Stan Bowles as well as ‘For the Poor. They then defied the traditionally difficult second album law with Inward Parts (Lime Records, 2007) with offerings including Truth That Hurts and Probate.
Fast-forward to the present day and the drive behind the band is still as urgent as ever. An album’s worth of new material has been written and will be released later this year with early singles being released in the Spring in conjunction with a shortly-to-be-confirmed UK tour. New tracks have been showcased to loyal fans at two sold-out London shows, at The Lexington (September 2011) and the Brixton Windmill (December 2011)
Recent recordings of the new songs have already received high praise from the few people who have heard them. Books and DVDs, Where is the Love and Double Pernod are stand out tracks that show both a certain maturity of the band and the dynamism that can be achieved with 5 members rather than 4, yet maintain the snarling anger and viciousness that Masters can inject into his lyrics.
Brace yourselves. The Others, the band who never went away, are back.