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THREE CHILDREN OF FORTUNE - latest update 12th AUGUST 2004
The threesome specialise in creating a visceral, angry and abrasive take on British alternative guitar music - and they apparently inherited a rooster, a scythe, and a cat according to the Brothers Grimm.....

"Three Children of Fortune are loud and lairy, taking the post punk awkwardness of Pavement and Slint and performing open heart surgery on the nearest PA system. Live they’re ferocious…" The Fly.

"The four tracks on offer are urgent, dirty clattering affairs that....." - Vanity Project

BAND BIOG 
Hailing from The Medway (Kent, South England), THREE CHILDREN OF FORTUNE comprise three school mates - Tommy (Vocals), Steve (Bass) & Lee (Drums). The threesome specialise in creating a visceral, angry and abrasive take on British alternative guitar music. Taking their cues from the post-punk of Sonic Youth, Pavement and Slint they combine primal emotion, English dirty fingernails and a strong understanding of clever (but not compromised) melody.

The band had a whirlwind 2003 that has seen them complete two successful tours of the UK before releasing any kind of record; they successfully entered and won at Manchester’s In The City convention (previous winners include Placebo, Muse, Sikth and Cay) and now after a lot of interest from many a UK and overseas label have their debut release THE GRAVEYARD DAYS EP here on ORG.

"After much speculation, walking on eggshells and pints of Guinness the wait is over. Three Children Of Fortune have committed their debut single to ORG. Since emerging at 2003’s IN THE CITY Three Children have been courted by a number of significant labels. The band say they’ve gone with ORG because of the bulshit free attitude and because of their love of bands who have previously emerged via ORG….." JAN 2004 

Three Children of Fortune are now working on a follow up material with Paul Corkett (producer of The Cooper Temple Clause, The Cure, Placebo). But they never told us about the Brothers Grimm and how the three children of fortune inherited a rooster, a scythe, and a cat.

UPDATE - the debut single is now out, JOHN KENNEDY made it his single of the week on London's XFM and invited the band to record a session for his X-Posure show, Radio One have been playing it, Steve Lamacq, Mary Anne Hobbs on the Rock Show -  lots of good people in Europe hae been playing it - thank you France! And now here in August 2004 it looks like the band are on their way - another band birthed... 

PRESS QUOTES AND SUCH
Three Children Of Fortune – Graveyard Days EP (ORG) - Single number 22 in the ORG-AN-ISED single series. Now I’ve told you before go and join up to the singles club, it’s one of the best out there and for a very reasonable price you’ll get a load of good singles plus if you do it at the moment they’ll bung in a load of freebies from the previous singles (those that are left, some are going for ridiculous prices on eBay). So onto 3COF, a bruising angular guitar mob dripping with cooler than cool melodies but with enough dirt mixed in to keep it on the dark side. The four tracks on offer are urgent, dirty clattering affairs that allow the tunes to float along just under the surface ready to grab unsuspecting passers by with hooks that could kill. In fact most bands would kill to come up with the type of music 3COF throw out and I fully expect them to wipe the floor with all competition. One to get before all 1000 copies are gone, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Grebo - www.vanityproject.co.uk

Here's what PLAYLOUDER have to say about the 3COF single "The truly mighty Org Records release the 'Graveyard Days' EP from Three Children Of Fortune, a Kent trio who build their sound from the echoes of Sonic Youth, Pavement and Slint, and  who impressed me when I saw them in Manchester last year. This four-track, limited-to-a-thousand EP certainly reflects their influences: a slightly lo-fi (medium-fi anyone...?) wall of guitars supports Tommy’s restrained vocals, with three of the four tracks  sounding not a million miles away from late-period Husker Du.

I see in Kerrang that Three Children are said to be "displaying an intelligent catchiness that's reminiscent of Placebo's early days but with added rock weight. This is a tight band with great songs, and definately ones to arrive early for"

Three Children of Fortune have no such problems, they rip into their set with the usual flailing energy, and their months on the road during the last six months have consolidated that punchy, jagged sound. They showcase some new material tonight, and intriguingly they seem to be shifting their ground slightly. That acute ear for a buzz-laden tune is still there, as are the rhythmic experiments with off-beats and triplets, but there’s suddenly more maturity and depth to the songs. It’s not foot-to-the-floor from the off, they’re more prepared to build carefully, to add layers and consider the mood of the song. From going all out towards the irresistibly catchy chorus, there’s more willingness to hold back, it’s more subtle and considered. It’s almost as if the Three Children of Fortune have applied the rigour of their math rock roots to a more contemplative approach to pop music. Fear not, they tear through ‘Ghost Clothes’ like there’s no tomorrow, and the drum kit gets its usual fearsome belting, but there’s signs that, in some important ways, the three children are preparing for the multi-layered possibilities of musical adulthood. (Phil Whalley)

"Fresh from their In The City 'winners' spot at the Barfly, and currently gaining support from all quarters, Three Children of Fortune are five dates into a 20-date UK tour right now. But if Motherwell's Starka or Carlisle's Brickyard don't leap out as obvious tour stops, that's because this three-piece needs tobacco-stained, sticky-floored half houses to match their dirty post-punk headcharge. Hailing from Kent, TCOF are more at home with the likes of Sonic Youth and Pavement than the modern crop of rock outfits. Antagonistic, frenzied and ravenous, Ghost Clothes is one helluva contagious track, spitting down hard on all the current pop pap. The track was produced by Paul Corkett (Cooper Temple Clause, The Cure, Placebo), whose characteristic thick guitar sounds cover the tune. Well worth seeing live, purely for the amount of energy the band exudes!" (THE HIT SHEET)

There’s an interview up on line on the FRAGILE website where they talk of their love of Slint and “another band from Chicago called Hum, who no one knows of, and a band called Shellac, also from Chicago!” – Ah yes, those boys have good taste. 

RELEASES ON ORG RECORDS
ORG 401 - THE GRAVEYARD DAYS EP  (tracks: GHOSTS CLOTHES, SILENCIO, WE NEVER WENT, HELLO STRANGER)
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