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They were called Seymour, The Fever and then The Shakedown. But sadly, are no longer after two of their members went off to pursue other projects.
Although unsigned, The Shakedown enjoyed considerable local, national and even European success.
They formed in 1998 as three-piece Seymour through a musicians wanted flyer in a Worcestershire music shop. They built a reputation for explosive live performances and soon released their first EP 'Every Day’s a Holiday'.
During these formative gigs the band were aware of a 'fanatic' who would follow them to every show they played, never saying anything, just standing in the back and mouthing every word.
It came to a head one night, when just after an explosive set, a shadowy figure approached the stage, demanding to play Hammond organ for the band and assuring them, that it would be a decision that they'd never regret.
Enter the missing piece of the puzzle, Adam Barry on Keys.
With a new member the band changed their name to The Fever, producing an album called 'Call It What You Like' and touring the UK and eventually Europe.
In 2003 The Fever supported the legendary Proclaimers, playing at sold out venues such as Glasgow Barrowlands & Edinburgh Corn Exchange, gaining themselves a whole new set of fans.
And then - The Shakedown
A dispute over the rights to the band's name led to the quartet re-launching themselves as The Shakedown in January 2005 to coincide with the release of their self-recorded & released EP 'The Roxpole Sessions'.
Neil and Adam have now gone solo and are in an outfit called Neil Ivison & The Misers.
You can listen to all the latest music from across the two counties on the Friday Session, every week from 7pm on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
last updated: 16/01/2009 at 23:13
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