- Andy Smith - Bass and FX
- Chris Smith - Drums and percussion
- Dylan Ross - Lyrics and vocals
- Mike Smith - Guitars
- Rob Fleming - Vocals
Visit their site at www.threefortenpound.com
Better Value Music (an explanation of sorts)
The basic premise of the threefortenpound philosophy, although not fixed or overtly thought through and certainly not written in stone, is something along the lines that: Yes indeed, the world can suck and love hurts and somehow it just seems so unjust – but ain’t that always the way and isn’t it a great day for doing something about it, and, and don’t ya just feel like dancin’? The philosophy can be summed up with the phrase "cor, sounds like a bargain to me, mate."
How got together:
Romantically, threefortenpound formed on Friday 14 February 1998 in the pub. Rob and Dylan had been working on some songs together and needed a band to play them. Enter the Smith twins Chris and Mike and bassist Bez. By Sunday afternoon the band had written four new songs together – two remain live favourites to this day! The prolific song writing of that first weekend continued unabated. By early 1999 elder Smith brother Andy replaced Bez and the genesis of the band was complete.
The music of threefortenpound is a natural combination of punk energy, pop sensibility, cool funk and down-n-dirty beats. Live, it’s all about the performance, the show, to get people dancin' and thinkin’. The whole ethos is about combining and compounding the aesthetic, the visceral and the cerebral.
“A superb effort! Unanimous winners with the judges and your crowd was awesome! Good work jumping-about-like-madmen fellas!” Unsigned Showcase on threefortenpound winning the Battle of the Bands
“A bevy of colourful musos. This punk ska outfit performed a superb acoustic sesh” BBC Berkshire Online on threefortenpound in session on BlastFM
Winners of Unsigned Showcase Battle of the Bands 2003
Headlined the Come Together Free Festival, Henley in 2003. Regularly play at the Fighting Cocks, Kingston; The Peel, Kingston and The Bull, Theale.
Among many, threefortenpound have also played at the Louisiana, Bristol; Dublin Castle, Camden; The Underworld, Camden; Bull and Gate, Camden; Purple Turtle, Reading; The Fez, Reading; The Littern Tree, Reading.
As well as ‘doing the circuit’ threefortenpound also do their fair share of unusual gigs – playing in schools and community centres, plus organising and playing in charity gigs, such as Legacy (in aid of Leukaemia Research) and The Challenge Club.
The band are currently working on their soon to be released EP ‘Sound Advice’ and plan to do even more gigging and writing in 2005.
Latest news on threefortenpound can be found at: www.threefortenpound.com