They put out a single on limited release. Pretty much everyone who heard it told their friends about it. Then came an album, distributed the same grassroots way.
They printed a thousand, expecting to offload 750 to friends to break even, but Rough Trade ordered 1,000 alone. Off for another print…
The Boy Least Likely To have done various low-key gigs during the year, albeit in offbeat venues and augmented by five friends in their live settings. Almost entirely through word of mouth they built a loyal following.
Then their agent sent the CD to James Blunt‘s management, who were selecting bands to join the Back To Bedlam star’s UK autumn tour. Out of 150 bands, TBLLT were picked.
Before very much longer, they were nominated in Smash Hits’ Newcomer category and ran Kubb close for the prize, finishing runner-up. Not bad for a band with a self-released debut and no major label backing.
Quite apart from all that, their music has titles like Warm Panda Cola, the first video (for the single Be Gentle With Me) will feature custom-made puppets, they use a glockenspiel as a lead instrument (the band, not the puppets) and their artwork includes bunny-flumpy-things dancing with balloons on strings. What more could you possibly want?
Q: What are The Boy Least Likely To’s top five albums of 2005?
Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
Gorillaz – Demon Days
Saint Etienne – Tales From Turnpike House
M Ward – Transistor Radio
William Elliott Whitmore – Ashes To Dust
Q: How will The Boy Least Likely To be spending Christmas?
Writing the next album and getting drunk!
Q: So 2006 is nearly upon us, what are your plans for the not too distant new year?Tour in February, single Be Gentle With Me in February, America in March, and that’s all we know – whilst writing and recording.
Q: Any new year resolutions you want to share with us?
Jof: Cut down on salt.
Pete: I have to monitor Jof’s salt intake.
Q&A: The Boy Least Likely To
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The Boy Least Likely To @ Water Rats, London
Interview: The Boy Least Likely To