Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Great Lost Band Series: #1 Symposium

This arrived in the post today:



The CD is by Symposium, a late 90's British band with a cult-following (biggest dent in the UK charts was #25) who unfortunately disappeared around the 2000 mark. They have been one of my favourite bands for a long time, since when I first started getting into music in my teenage years. Hearing my older brother listening to them I was immediately drawn to their sheer catchy-ness and fantastically-written songs. Think punky guitar riffs for the loud catchy chorus-es interspersed with bouncy ska verses, all tied together with clever lyrics delivered in a direct fashion. What really stands out with Symposium is the quality of the songwriting, seen never better than in 'one day at a time', the very cd which I was greeted by this morning.

Symposium are in my opinion, a great 'lost band'. I know this because when I speak to almost anybody about my favourite bands, mentioning their name is an almost guaranteed way to elicit a blank expression. Perhaps I'm just talking/hanging around with the wrong people! I get the impression they were a very cult band (famed most for their energetic live shows, which unfortunately I never got to see) and so this may be why my fellows haven't been introduced. Also I would consider them 'lost' just by the difficulty I had in acquiring an image of them or finding a web site about them.

Whilst they may not have been hugely influential (I attribute this to that they arrived right as the alternative/punk scene of the late 90's was dying out, to be replaced in part by Nu-metal) they deserve to have their praises sung nonetheless. And that is the point of this very post, to show you first-hand why they were so friggin' great. This requires the use of some MP3s...

All MP3s are off their 1997 mini-album 'One Day at a Time'.
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(All are highly recommended)

MP3: Fairweather Friend - Symposium (what an intro!)
MP3: Farewell to Twilight - Symposium (just damn good)
MP3: Drink the Sunshine - Symposium (teenage pop-greatness)
MP3: Fear of Flying - Symposium (the closest they get to indie)
MP3: Smiling - Symposium (a lovely song)

I do really hope that for some reason in the future they decide to reform, but have to say I think it highly unlikely (given that their music isn't really popular these days and that their cult following may have grown up and moved on). It really is a shame to see them just disappear into nothingness. Having said that, Midget who are another cult band from the late 90s punk/alternative scene reformed last year so it's not impossible.

Please post a comment if you've ever heard of Symposium/love them like I do!

43 comments:

mp3hugger said...

Nice one, I bought a few of this bands early singles and they seemed to be the great white hypes. Not to be. Drink the sunshine is still fab!

Vicki said...

I love symposium still...never say never, eh?

lindy said...

nI LOVE SYMPOSIUM GREAT BAND THEY GOT ME ON THE GUEST LIST AS I WAS TWO MONTHS TOO YOUNG TO BUY TICKETS!TOP GUYS BEST GIGS I EVER WENT TO.GOT THERE RARE SINGLE KILLING POSITION ITS ACE,I WOULD LOVE THEM TO RE-FORM I AM 27 AND STILL WOULD JUMP AROUND LIKE A LOONEY TOO THEM.

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