The Beggars Banquet years: 2001–2005


On 9 April 2001, previously unreleased song “27” was released as a single. On 1 October 2001, a song from thekidswho… was re-recorded and released as a single, “Justboy”. This was repeated again on 4 February 2002, when the song “57” was released. On 11 March, the band’s debut album, Blackened Sky, was released to generally positive reviews. It was around this time that the band began touring extensively, including being the support for Weezer on 20 March at the Barrowlands in Glasgow. On 15 July, the fourth single from the album, “Joy.Discovery.Invention” was released as a double A-side with a newly recorded song, entitled “Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys”, which later appeared on The Vertigo of Bliss.In 2003, the band retreated to the Linford Manor recording studio in Great Linford, Milton Keynes, England to record the follow-up to Blackened Sky. On 24 March, a new single was released entitled, “The Ideal Height”, followed by another new single entitled “Questions and Answers” on 28 May. The band’s second album, The Vertigo of Bliss was released on 16 June, to positive reviews, which focused on the more experimental style of the album in comparison to Blackened Sky, as well as the introduction of string sections.After touring relentlessly for The Vertigo of Bliss, the band retreated to Monnow Valley Studios in Monmouth, Wales to record a follow-up album. As with the previous album, two singles were released before the actual album; “Glitter and Trauma” and “My Recovery Injection” on 9 August and 20 September, respectively. A digital download was also released; “There’s No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake”, on 31 May. On 4 October, the band’s third album, Infinity Land was released, and on 14 February 2005, the last single from the album, “Only One Word Comes To Mind” was released. On 16 February, the band performed a cover of Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” live from Maida Vale on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. Simon Neil’s side project, Marmaduke Duke, also released an album in 2005, The Magnificent Duke, and toured the UK, along with the Johnston twins accompanying on bass and drums.Buy & Sell V Festival Tickets through YourTicketMarket.com One stop shop to catch your favourite event Tickets like V Festival Tickets, Guaranteed, Fast and Secure!

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