On The MONEY
MONEY is an alternative rock band, formed in Manchester in 2011 by Jamie Lee, Charlie Cocksedge, Billy Byron and Scott Beaman
Having formed in Manchester in 2011, MONEY started out playing shows in venues such as Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church and ‘The Bunker’, a former factory near Strangeways prison and home to the independent label SWAYS, who released the band’s debut 7” single, “Who’s Going to Love You Now”/”Goodnight London” in January 2012. They followed that with “So Long (God is Dead)”, released on the French label Almost Musique. Having been tracked down by Simon Raymonde, the band subsequently signed to Bella Union, headlining the label’s Christmas party at the Union Chapel in London in December 2012 before taking to the studio to record their debut album.
The band’s first single with Bella Union, “Bluebell Fields”, was released in June 2013, and shortly afterwards they announced their self-produced debut album, THE SHADOW OF HEAVEN, which was released on 26th August 2013.
The band played several major UK and European festivals throughout the summer of 2013, as well as their first UK headline tour in June of that year.
In July 2013, the band unveiled the video to their new single, “Hold Me Forever”. The video was the directorial debut of actor Cillian Murphy, featured dancers from the English National Ballet and was filmed at locations including The Old Vic Theatre in London.
Following positive reviews for their debut album, the band embarked on another headline UK tour in November 2013 and with their London show at the Shapes in Hackney having sold out, MONEY announced a headline London show at Heaven in February 2014.
In March 2014, the band played as support act to Wild Beasts across Europe.
THE SHADOW OF HEAVEN was released in the USA and Canada on 6 May 2014 via Bella Union/PIAS. The band toured the USA in September 2014, playing the Mercury Lounge and Glasslands in New York, and The Echo in Los Angeles. Shortly afterwards, they announced a tour of the UK for October 2014.
Their second album SUICIDE SONGS was released on 29 January 2016 via Bella Union.
“Above all else, I’m just trying to project and portray a poetic truth. Suicide is about anonymity, to the point where you don’t exist, which I definitely feel in my songwriting and as a person. But rather than writing myself out of anonymity, I want to remain there, in this record at least. It’s recognising a kind of sacrificial nature, in making artistic choices. By rummaging around in your feelings and trying to make sense of life, to the detriment of your health, there might be some poetic value to what you have created.”
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