Doyle and the Fourfathers grew out of a project started by William (songwriter and lead singer) to collaborate with his mates, Alex, Michael and Ben. Now an established band with an ever increasing following, ‘DT4F’ combine a mix of fantastic musical ability and poignant songwriting that’s putting them on a path previously trodden by some of their heroes, Scott Walker, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Hannon and Ray Davies.
With an acclaimed primer behind them (still available on iTunes and Amazon), the boys have torn up plans for ‘real’ careers and the like and gone full time into making music. With tracks such as Shape and Form, Obsolete Vernacular and the two singles, When Will the Children Learn and Dark Times, Doyle and the Fourfathers are making a proper name for themselves, being cited as ‘ones to watch’ here, there and everywhere – well, Japan, Spain (as well as Catalonia), Italy and Britain at least…
2010 saw the likes of a mind blowing set at the Save 6 Music gig in London, when the boys had the unenviable task of following The Magic Numbers onto the stage. They kept a knowledgeable audience enraptured with a blistering performance that led to murmurings of whether this was an ‘I was there’ moment. They also showed their mettle for the big time when they were not at all fazed by 5000 people cheering them on at the Albert Hall. They collaborated with a full orchestra and soul singer on that occasion, but showed their versatility by also doing a few songs with The Undertones’ Damian O’Neill at another iconic gig.
The first single came out in October ‘10 as 7″ , CD and download and is still available. ‘The Governor of Giving Up’ was a much improved version of that on the first record. It got plenty of play on BBC 6 Music (where it was described as ‘an absolute whopper’ by Marc Riley) and a number of other stations. There is also a free download recorded just to accompany the single.
And now we’re in 2011. Much was promised and is already being delivered – including an album, Man Made, released in February. There’s a brief preview here as well as a free download of their second single, ‘When Will the Children Learn?’, on this site. The album is available via Rough Trade and is, well, great.
The album launch at Bush Hall, was an absolute triumph and now the lads are hitting the road, most recently as support for The Undertones – a triumphant set of UK-wide shows.
From Band Website