Towers Of London biography
Towers of London are a punk rock band, from London, England, who formed in 2004. Their music mixes elements of rock and glam metal music with 1977 style British punk. The band have divided the opinions of the British music press since their emergence in early 2004, gaining favourable reviews from some music news media and extremely negative from others, to which they have occasionally been quick to respond.
HistoryIn 2003 a band was formed named 'The Tourettes', featuring Dirk and Donny Tourette (real names Francis and Patrick Bannan); the brothers had been playing together in rock bands since secondary school. The Tourettes played in a glam punk style, which has been described as "a post Manic Street Preachers rock 'n' roll rush".
Blood, Sweat and TowersThe band signed to New York independent record label TVT Records in early 2005 after being courted by every major record label in the UK and USA as a result of being flown over to the USA by Music mogul Rick Rubin (producer of 'The Red hot chili Peppers','Beastie Boys' and 'Johnny Cash') after seeing a video tape of them from a scout of American Recordings record label at a gig at Manchester 'In the city'. On the label they have released a string of singles, prior to their debut album being released, "On A Noose", "Fuck It Up", "How Rude She Was", "Air Guitar" and more recently, "I'm A Rat".
The music video for the song "How Rude She Was" was filmed in New York City and featured women from Gotham Girls Roller Derby, an all-girl roller derby league.
In mid-2005, Towers of London performed at two festivals in the United Kingdom: Reading and Leeds Festivals and Download Festival. The band's performance was received well, but due to fighting backstage after another group allegedly stole their property, they are now banned from returning to the Download Festival. Lead singer Donny Tourette was brought before Cambridge Magistrates Court in June 2005, for criminal damage during a show at Cambridge Anglia Ruskin University in February 2005. He was ordered to pay £775 of compensation, court costs and fines.
During June 2006, Towers of London released their debut album Blood, Sweat and Towers. It was produced by Stacy Jones and Bill Lefler. The album featured thirteen tracks, including the five singles they have released to date.
TV series and support datesTowers of London opened for Guns N' Roses on two of their 2006 summer UK tour dates, Dirk commented; "Guns N' Roses? What more can you say? We're going to have it this weekend!". During the summer of 2006 the band played on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Bravo TV aired a ten-part TV series about the band, after camera crews followed them for around for a year. The show, named simply The Towers of London, featured footage of various performances including the 2005 Download Festival which saw them banned from the event. Various clips have already been released on the internet, one which shows members of the band assaulting a member of the public after being provoked. The show launched on 19 October.
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