The Boy Least Likely To : Biography
(From their official MySpace page)
once upon a time there lived a band called the boy least likely to. there were two of them. one of them was called jof and the other one was called peter. jof writes all the words and sings, and peter writes all the music and plays all the instruments. sometimes they play live, and when they do they have five of their friends playing their songs with them.
they met when they were still at school and grew up together in the middle of the english countryside in the small buckinghamshire village of wendover. they spent their teenage years scouring countryside car boot sales for rare dexys seven inches and lee hazlewood albums. reading ted hughes, anne sexton and smash hits magazines. watching john hughes films and old videos of top of the pops. all the time putting together a collection of weird and wonderful instruments found in second hand shops, craft fairs and the early learning centre. when they were a bit older they started their own record label called too young to die to put out their records and released three seven inch singles before releasing their debut album, the best party ever. it was recorded in the heart of the english countryside on a dusty old eight track machine with seminal producer bobby charm. a lot of people seemed to genuinely really like the album when it came out, and it was included in pitchfork's top fifty albums of the year and in the rough trade shop's top ten albums of the year. a while later they signed a deal with a proper record label and released another three singles that had already been released before and toured the uk and the usa.
strongly influenced by the independent bands of the 1980s, the songs bring to mind the post punk playfulness of altered images, aztec camera, dexys midnight runners, and orange juice. a charming rural pop sound with banjos, glockenspiels, recorders and fiddles thumping away in a quirky indie folk style. the music is heartfelt and uplifting with unique and sweetly eccentric lyrics. they make disco music with a country heart. sublime pop moments tinged with an english folk eccentricity. sad songs that can't help but make you smile