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Art Brut (UK)

Art Brut is a British alternative rock band signed to Fierce Panda Records that has released a number of singles and albums from 2003 to 2005. Their debut album, Bang Bang Rock and Roll was released on May 30, 2005.

The band was formed in 2003 and played its first gig at the Kentish Verge in May of that year. The band recorded Brutlegs later in 2003 containing the first versions of "Formed a Band", "Modern Art" and "Moving to LA" and made it available. Angular Recording Corporation put out a compilation featuring "Formed a Band". A journalist heard the song and sent an MP3 to Rough Trade and the label offered Art Brut a deal to release it as a single.

"Formed a Band" was released in the UK as a single in May 2004 reaching #52 on the charts. Blender described them as the best unsigned band in the UK. During the rest of 2004, they played gigs throughout the UK including a first anniversary gig at the Tate Modern.

Another bootleg EP Brutlegs 04 was recorded featuring "Good Weekend", "Bang Bang Rock and Roll", and an acoustic version of "Moving to LA". A double A-side was released in December 2004 on Fierce Panda reaching #49 on the charts. The album Bang Bang Rock and Roll was released in May 2005 with "Emily Kane" as the first single. The latter missed the UK Top 40 by two sales, yet remains the highest-charting single on Fierce Panda.

Art Brut have a quite widespread following of 'franchises', whose names range from AB0 (the classic Art Brut) to AB3.14/Pi or even to AB1948. These franchises often record and play Art Brut songs during performances.

Chris Chinchilla amicably left the band for personal reasons in September 2005 forming new band Macaca Mulatta. He was replaced by Jasper Future, guitarist from Eddie Argos' old band, The Art Goblins. The band appeared on the cover of the German edition of the Rolling Stone magazine in September 2005.

Eddie Argos (lead vocals)
Ian Catskilkin (lead guitar)
Freddy Feedback (bass guitar)
Jasper Future (guitar, backing vocals)
Mikey B (drums)