New Rhodes were formed in Bristol in the autumn of 2001. After a couple of temporary drummers, the line-up of the band was finalised in the summer of 2003 when Steve Bishop (previously of Redefine) joined James Williams (vocals/guitar), Joe Gascoigne (guitar) and Jack Ashdown (bass/backing vocals), as the band's permanent drummer.
Less than a year after they formed and whilst still only teenagers, they played two nights at Glastonbury on the Leftfield Stage. Now, still only in their early twenties, the band is taking the live circuit in the UK by storm.
"Thrilling dancefloor burning stuff" - NME
"Startlingly fresh and utterly absorbing ... our jaws dropped" - Logo
"If the demise of painfully hip indie rock has left a void in your world, look no further than New Rhodes ... all the tunes and talent of Casablancas and Co without the pretension. ... So cool it hurts and they don't even know it" - Rocksound
In addition to headlining in their own right they have supported the likes of Razorlight, The Dears, Delays, Hope of the States, The Killers, The Gliteratti, and The Futureheads and recently completed a triumphant sell out UK tour as main support for Bloc Party.
The band's strong fan base throughout the UK and beyond includes many other bands with members of Bloc Party, The Futureheads and Keane as well as Graham Coxon all being photographed sporting New Rhodes Badges or T shirts.
New Rhodes' debut single, "I Wish I Was You", released in July 2004 on Moshi Moshi, charted comfortably in the Top 75 (and number 7 in the Indie Charts) and attracted universal praise.
"reminds you why you first fell in love with singles" - Sunday Times Culture Section
"great songs that make the Ordinary Boys look ordinary 5/5" Zoo
"Perfectly illustrates why we tipped them for stardom way back at the start of the year" - NME
It was played on Radio 1, Radio 2, XFM and regional stations throughout the UK as well as stations in Europe and the US. The band also performed a live to air session for 6 Music and a live session for XFM. The Video has featured on MTV2 and The Amp.
The single was produced by Paul Epworth who has recently worked with Bloc Party, Babyshambles and The Futureheads, amongst others.
Their second single, "You've Given Me Something That I Can't Give Back" was released on Cd and Limited Vinyl on 14th February and charted at 38. Like the first release, it is again attracting widespread praise.
"latest single from the mellifluous, Morrisseyesque tones of James Williams
sees him perfect his garage rock moves and floppy haircut. A summer festival
hit, mark our words." - Mojo
"Effervescent in its Interpol-with-tunes togetherness" - NME
"one of the finest eccentric guitar orientated pop bands this nation has produced since The Smiths" - Drowned in Sound
"A couple more slabs of urgent twangliness like this and New Rhodes'll be in every position to make any demand they desire. Tremendous". - playlouder.com
The popularity of the band is reflected by their busy web site at www.newrhodes.com
Bloc Party, The Futureheads and Graham Coxon numbered amongst New Rhodes' fans and followers long before their first single, 'I Wish I Was You was released on Moshi Moshi in July 2004
New Rhodes have supported Razorlight, The Dears, Hope Of The States, The Futureheads, The Dears and The Killers and have been main tour support for Bloc Party.