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The Rakes

Proof that one fantastic single is all it takes to make a band's name, the Rakes burst onto the London music scene in 2004 with "22 Grand Job," a pithy punk satire of crappy entry-level office jobs. Various stories swirled about how the band -- which featured vocalist/guitarist Alan Donohoe, guitarist Matthew Swinnerton, bassist Jamie Hornsmith, and drummer Lasse Petersen -- got together, ranging from elaborate tales of meeting on a flight to Amsterdam to the more plausible explanation of being childhood friends. The Rakes played a few local dates before unleashing 22 Grand Job, which was released as a limited-edition 7" by Trash Aesthetics, also the early home to Bloc Party. The single also appeared on the Fierce Panda compilation EP On the Buzzes. The band spent that spring and summer recording and supporting like-minded acts such as Bloc Party, the Others, and Art Brut. In the fall, the Rakes released their second single, Strasbourg, on City Rockers and embarked on their first tour. After signing with V2, the band rang in 2005 by gigging and working on their debut album. The singles Retreat and Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep) anticipated the released of Capture/Release in the U.K. in summer 2005. Dim Mak released Retreat as an EP in the U.S. that fall, coinciding with the Rakes' first stateside tour. Capture/Release arrived in the U.S. in spring 2006. An EP of remixes in 2007 preceded the band's second album Ten New Messages, which appeared that spring. The band returned with the noisier Klang, which was released in the U.K. in spring 2009; the week before the album's U.S. release that fall, the band announced in a statement that they were parting ways. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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Get offa my Pandora
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real swell
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A lot better then most bands out there these days.
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I Love dancing to these guys!
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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these guys!
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i love all of thier stuff. they are great at what they do and i hope they keep doing it for a long time. <3
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Still lovin these guys. What a great sound...
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Guh guh guh hnnnnnnnhhea a a a . . .


Eargasm.
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woot woot hand clap hand clap now dance. too cool
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ive only heard one rake remix and its pretty tight, i hope these guys keep coming up with stuff like this!
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I've only heard Binary Love and it's very 80's new wave. I like it.
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there freaking dope so fresh oh snap........
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i love listening to thhese guys in a dark room when ima lying on my back... idk why i guess ima just weird like that :P
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Their songs have a lot of energy to them. It's great if you are out on a quick drive.
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The Rakes is my new favorite band. <3 And Alan Donohoe is really sexy.
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Bianry Love is great. Anyone listen to the rest of the album???
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Niiiice
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I like this s**t! VERY different and but sounds dope
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I agree very good jump on the bed song ^^
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I love this song, meaning, I want to marry it, enjoy a few years of blissful harmony, and then seek a divorce settlement as I wait for the next new tune to come along.
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It's very different. Enjoyable to listen to.
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Catchy song. Insinuates itself.

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