Once upon a time in Falmouth Art School,
there were 2 songwriters. They were Andy Fung
and Ashley Cooke. One day they met
a keyboard player, Mary Wycherley
and bassist Dave Hirst. Thus, Derrero
Their courses ended in 1996 and Derreo wondered where to venture next.
They headed off to Cardiff because it looked interesting, and while there
they released a 7" single, "Dipstick",
on Size 8 records during the spring
Around that time there was a drummer called Greg
Haver, who co-ran a label called Big
Noise. He liked how Derrero sounded and they talked about releasing
something else. In June 1997 Derrero's first album, "Derrero",
containing their early material, was released.
On Big Noise, three more EP's followed the album, each demonstrating a
steady musical progression. Each new EP was met with more substantial
critical and commercail acclaim. They were "Small
Pocket Machine" EP - later in 1997, the very popular
"Radar Intruder" EP in 1998, and then the"Unstraightforwardtune"
EP in 1999.
Each of these releases have featured heavily on both regional and national
radio, including daytime airplay on BBC Radio
1. Derrero became a favourite band of the evening gurus Steve
Lamacq and John Peel. The
track "Radar Intruder" also
featured in John Peel's Christmas-time "Festive
Fifty" in 1998 and the "Peelenium"
in 2000, after the "Radar Intruder"
EP was re-released in May 2000.
Also in May 2000 Derrero hosted a month-long art exhibition in Cardiff
entitled "Hybrids", consisted
of work by all band members plus special guests including
Pete Fowler (Super Furry Animals, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci,
etc.) and Elfyn Lewis (Catatonia,
Big Leaves, etc.).The opening night evolved into a precious one off sonic
initiation with stunning accoustic and electronic performances from the
likes of Andy and Ashley along with Gruff (Super
Furry Animals) and Euros, Megan and Richard (Gorky's
On the LIVE front, Derrero have toured with many well known bands, including
Super Furry Animals, Catatonia,
Sebadoh, Gorkys Zygotic Mynci,
and Grandaddy. Over the last 2 years
they have also recieved some excellent reviews in Melody
Maker and the N.M.E. These
tour support slots, especially with Super Furry
Animals and Grandaddy in
2000 proved to be the perfect environment in which they could unveil the
new material material from their "Fixation
with Long Journeys" live to receptive audiences.
The year 2000 began with Derrero being tipped for great things by publications
including Melody Maker and
Select. Derrero also performed the John
Cale classic "Buffalo Ballet"
in Cale's movie "Beautiful Mistake",
with the Godfather of Punk himself guesting on keyboards and vocals.
In the beginning of 2001 things went a bit weird. Their label, Big
Noise had dissolved and curiously morphed into what is now
the Boobytrap Singles Club. Derrero
found themselves looking for a label. Also around this time Sylem,
the label run by the band Melys was looking for a band. The
bands had worked together before and had gelled really well. They met
up in Cardiff around a pub table and had a chat about it. The timing was
great for both, and the rest is history.
During the particularly balmy August of 2001 Derrero headed off to Sylem
Studios where they recorded "Comb the Breaks",
with a little bit of help from Geriant Jones (Gez). Featureing Owain
Arwel on trombone and John Lawrence
in pedal steel, "Comb the Breaks"
has been described as being warmer, emotionally, than some of their previous
material by BBC Radio Wales presenter,
"Comb the Breaks" was released
on Sylem during the spring of 2002, and is a beautiful album - an album
to be proud of.