Fyfe Dangerfield

Fyfe Dangerfield

The founder and frontman of the Guillemots, Fyfe Dangerfield is a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who made his solo album debut in 2010 with Fly Yellow Moon. Born Fyfe Antony Dangerfield Hutchins on July 7, 1980, in Birmingham, England, he moved to Bromsgrove, a nearby town of 30,000 people, in 1988 and eventually to London in 2002. While living in Bromsgrove, he founded the band Senseless Prayer with schoolmates Charles Hildebrandt and Alex Rajkowski. During their existence, Senseless Prayer recorded a Peel Session on BBC Radio 1 that aired on May 2, 1999, and a couple EPs were released as well. In 2004, after moving to London, Dangerfield founded the Guillemots, an indie rock band also comprised of guitarist MC Lord Magrão from Brazil, bassist Aristazabal Hawkes from Canada, and drummer Greig Stewart from Scotland. Upon signing to Fantastic Plastic Records, the Guillemots made their label debut with I Saw Such Things in My Sleep (2005), a limited-edition four-track EP, followed by the "Trains to Brazil" single later that same year. In 2006 the band released a couple more EPs, Of the Night and From the Cliffs; a couple more singles, "We're Here" and "Made-Up Lovesong #43"; and eventually the full-length debut album Through the Windowpane. A major-label release on Polydor that was produced mostly by Dangerfield himself, Through the Windowpane reached the Top 20 of the U.K. albums chart on the strength of its many hit singles and critical acclaim. The album was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize and lost to the Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006). The follow-up album, Red (2008), produced by Adam Noble, was a Top Ten hit and spawned the Top 20 hit lead single "Get Over It." Dangerfield subsequently embarked on a solo career, collaborating once again with Noble and others. The resulting debut album, Fly Yellow Moon (2010), was preceded by the lead single "She Needs Me," one of a couple songs on the album mixed by guitarist Bernard Butler of Suede fame.

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