The Reads straddle the border of North Wales & the North West of England and have been together in some form or other since the start of the millennium. As in the year 2,000. Not the one before.

After years of writing together and producing carefully crafted home recordings, they got their big break in 2010 when a friend of the band offered to fund their debut album ‘Stories from the Border’ (2011). The album was produced and mixed by Jim Spencer (The Charlatans, Jonny Marr, New Order), mastered by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, Gomez) and featured string and brass arrangements written by Joe Duddell (Elbow, James, Richard Hawley). The Reads teamed up with both Jim and Frank again to record their follow-up ‘Lost at Sea’ (2014), which was recorded at The Charlatans’ Big Mushroom studios. After a longer-than-planned hiatus, they have recently finished recording their as yet untitled third album and are excited to share the fruits of their labour when the album is released later this year.

Their music has been played nationally on BBC Radio 2, XFM and Amazing Radio. They have been ‘Artist of the Week’ on BBC Radio Wales several times and have performed numerous live sessions for their shows. Further support has been received from BBC Radio Merseyside… all of which has led them to have a small, but loyal fan base across the country.

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Here are some of the kind things people have said about the band:

‘Lost at Sea is one of my albums of the year’ Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
‘Really, really good. This band are on the verge of breaking through’’ 
Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2
‘Stories from the Border is just a wonderful album, every track….’ Clint Boon, XFM
‘Some of the most crafted music I have heard in a long time…phenomenally good’ Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
‘We love this tune, that’s why we keep playing it’ Greg Porter, Amazing Radio
‘One of the most pleasurable things about hunting down new music is when the planets align and a band comes into focus who literally take your breath away’ North Wales Daily Post