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A’s name may be unusually short but this alternative rock band from Suffolk, England have a long and illustrious history.

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Biography

A’s name may be unusually short but this alternative rock band from Suffolk, England have a long and illustrious history. Four albums in, A may not have released an album since 2005’s Teen Dance Ordinance but rest assured that the five-piece are a fun and formidable live presence.

A began life in the early 1990s, taking their original name Grand Designs from a song by the band Rush. Led by brothers Jason, Adam and Giles Perry, A adopted their current name in 1993 and signed to Warner Bros. Records, releasing their debut LP How Ace Are Buildings in 1997. The album built a healthy underground following, and the band’s fanbase grew even larger with the release of their second album A vs Monkey Kong in 1999 and a live album Exit Stage Right in 2000.

It was A’s third album Hi-Fi Serious that really saw them hit it big as the album’s lead-up single ‘Nothing’ tapped into the nu-metal zeitgeist, hitting #9 in the UK Singles Chart. The band won the Kerrang! Award for Best British Band at the end of the year. The band reverted to a straightforward rock sound for their fourth – and to date, last – album Teen Dance Ordinance in 2005.

A briefly broke up between 2005-08 but have reinvented themselves as an exclusively live band. Since reuniting they have gone on to warm up crowds for the likes of The Wildhearts and Bowling for Soup and even headlined a stage at Download Festival in 2015. In 2018 A went on a 8-date UK tour in support of Hell Is For Heroes, joined by former McFly bassist Dougie Poynter. Don’t miss A thing.

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