Four Day Hombre was formed in the minds of a couple of Lancaster University students. They recruited some band members, wrote some songs, moved to Leeds, rented a house and over 3 months converted their own cellar into a rehearsal room. All before they actually played a note.
The only way to make a live band great is to play live. A lot. So they hit the road, paying their dues, playing in any grubby venue nationally that would have them. Their first demo was played by Lamacq, their second was playlisted on Radio One. A fleet of offers followed, but that ‘perfect’ deal never materialised. Does it ever? Well, yes...
Like other Yorkshire bands currently blossoming, Four Day Hombre are resolutely independent. Turning their backs on the London-centric record industry, FDH chose instead to release music on their own terms through their own label, Alamo Music. The unique twist is the label is fan-funded: fans came forward raising the same amount of money as an Indie deal would have given the band but without the usual dreadful, exploitative terms that come with it. Instead, FDH are in the enviable position of owning their own label with a comparable or better release budget to many other indies. A perfect deal, in fact.
Their debut single, 1000 Bulbs, was released in November 2005 and garnered praise from far and wide. Marsha at XFM made it her record of the week twice over. NME described it as "like Elbow with bigger beards and better dreams".
Second single, The First Word Is The Hardest, was released on 13 February 2006 and their debut album Experiments In Living on 27 February 2006.