Billy Mahonie - History

History

Formed in 1997, the original line-up consisted of Gavin Baker (guitar), Howard Monk (drums), Hywell Dinsdale (bass and guitar) and Kevin Penney (bass). Their first release was on the Fierce Panda record label, a split-single with Rothko, followed by a release on the Fierce Panda offshoot Livid Meercat. By 1999 they had signed with Too Pure, who released their debut album 'The Big Dig'.

Despite good reviews for The Big Dig, they were dropped by Too Pure, only for Southern Records to pick them up, and release the album 'What Becomes Before' in 2001. In 2003, a third album 'Dust' was released on Tritone Records, with a new line-up of Gavin, Howard, Duncan Brown (bass) and Anthony Barratt (guitar). A collection of singles and other rarities, 'Found', was released in 2005 on Oof Records. A compilation of demos and outtakes 'Exhale on Mare Street' came out on Unlabel in 2007; this is due for re-release in 2010 having been remastered with extra tracks.

A new album 'BM' came out in autumn 2009. The album was recorded by just Baker and Monk and was released on Static Caravan as a limited vinyl record and download. The band's original line-up reformed for a gig at the Lexington in King's Cross, London on October 8, 2009. As of summer 2010 the original line up are working on a new album.

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