YORK BASED INDIE BAND SHED SEVEN WERE FIXTURES IN THE SINGLES CHART DURING THE MID-1990s.
Successes included BULLY BOY, GOING FOR GOLD and CHASING RAINBOWS, with frontman Rick Witter helming them to sixteen hit singles and three top 20 albums (CHANGE GIVER, A MAXIMUM HIGH and LET IT RIDE), before the band parted ways with label Polydor. One further album (TRUTH BE TOLD) surfaced on an indie, but the band eventually split up in 2003.
Rick went on to release a semi-solo album with The Dukes but, drawn together by their shared history, Shed Seven re-emerged in 2007 to a reception the band were surprised to find was as enthusiastic as first time round. Last year they released an interesting EP of pared-down acoustic reworkings of hits from A MAXIMUM HIGH, and are a good-time draw on the bill for this weekend’s V Festival. Rick took The Mouth Magazine for a tall cool one in a York beer garden to have a chat about growing up through Shed Seven’s history, and about what he sees as their place in the scheme of things.
Technical Note: Our studio-whizzes have been beavering away at this recording to reduce the intrusive noise of a salesman who had partaken of the fine stuff and seemed semi-keen for other patrons of the beer garden to know he was the loudest person in it. Our boffins have done their best to achieve equilibrium – and almost succeeded – though we’re sorry to report that on one or two occasions it has proven impossible. We apologise profusely if this in any way diminishes your listening experience, and suggest that in return you boycott whatever it is he was selling.