Personalities | Embrace | Twenty-First Century | Rock
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1997–present)
Embrace – Danny McNamara (vocals), Richard McNamara (guitar), Steven Firth (bass), Mike Heaton (drums) and Mickey Dale (keyboards) – have had numerous career resuscitations in their decade-long existence. But the band started life as press-darlings after a number of singles on the fiercely independent Fierce Panda label. It was these early, near-demo quality recordings that caught the Hut label’s attention. After three albums of diminishing returns the group signed to Independiente, and saw a track donated to them by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, ‘Gravity’ (2004), reach the UK Top 10.
By now Oasis’ star was on the wane, and fans of earnest singalong rock found comfort with Embrace, and their Out Of Nothing (2004) and This New Day (2006) albums topped the UK charts. In 2006, the band were chosen to record the officially sanctioned anthem for their country’s World Cup football squad, offering a track called ‘World At Your Feet’.
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