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Air Traffic

Air Traffic are an English indie rock band from Bournemouth. The band's name originates from when they used to practice next to a runway at Hurn Airport, where air traffic control signals could be picked up on their amplifiers. Their music features heavy use of piano, and they have been described by NME to be like "Supergrass covering Little Richard". The band have received mainstream success due to the re-release of their single "Charlotte", and the release of their debut album, Fractured Life.

Band History

Their first single, a double-a side of "Just Abuse Me" and "Charlotte", was released in July 2006 through Label Fandango, the independent record label of live music promotion company Club Fandango. 500 copies of the single were produced, all of which sold out within a few days of the release date. Following this, the band were signed to record producer David Kosten's branch of EMI, Tiny Consumer. They were noticed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and began to receive some mainstream airplay, with their song "Never Even Told Me Her Name" receiving airplay on Radio 1 and Kerrang! Radio.

They spent much of August and September 2006 in a recording studio in Monmouth, Wales, recording material for their debut album. Four of the tracks from these sessions were released as an EP on October 30, 2006, which included the single "Never Even Told Me Her Name", "Get In Line", an acoustic version of "Time Goes By", and a demo of "Shooting Star", a song which would later also be released. A music video was produced for "Never Even Told Me Her Name" by the company type2error, who created videos for the likes of Paul Weller, Captain, Hope of the States and The Rakes.

On November 24, 2006 the band were given their first real television exposure when they appeared on Later With Jools Holland alongside such acts as The Killers and Lucinda Williams. They performed both songs from their first release, "Charlotte" and "Just Abuse Me".

Recently the band re-released "Charlotte" on March 26, 2007. This marked the band's first move into the charts, with the song reaching #33 in the UK Singles Chart. The band released their new single, "Shooting Star", on June 18, 2007. The song, prior to its release, met with acclaim; it was Marsha Shandur's (Xfm) and Steve Lamacq's (6 Music) "Single Of The Week" for June 4-10, 2007, as well as Vernon Kay's "Weekend Anthem" for June 9-10, 2007, on Radio 1. The song is also a former #1 on XFM's daily Music:Response chart.

Their debut album, Fractured Life, was released on July 2, 2007. It reached #42 on the UK Albums Chart. It was named "Album Of The Week" on radio station Original 106 throughout June 25-11, 2007, with several album tracks played all week.

Discography

Albums

Fractured Life (July 2, 2007) Tiny Consumer #42 (UK)

EPs

Never Even Told Me Her Name (October 30, 2006) Tiny Consumer

Singles

Date of ReleaseTitleFormatB-side(s)UK Chart PeakAlbum
July 17, 2006"Just Abuse Me" / "Charlotte"Double A-Side Limited Edition CD (500 Copies) and 7-inch VinylNoneN/AFractured Life
March 26, 2007"Charlotte" (re-release)CD and two 7-inch Vinyl"An End To All Our Problems" (CD)
"Learning How To Shout" (7-inch Vinyl (1))
7-inch Vinyl (2) supplied with "Charlotte (Acoustic)" as A-side
33Fractured Life
June 18, 2007"Shooting Star"CD and two 7-inch Vinyl"This Old Town" (CD)
"Left Out In The Rain" (7-inch Vinyl (1))
7-inch Vinyl (2) supplied with an alternate version of "Shooting Star" as A-side
30Fractured Life