are a two piece band: Luke Concannon (guitar and
vocals) and John Parker (double bass affectionately
named Stephanie, human beatbox and vocals). Based in
and educated at Trinity Catholic Technology College, they
are becoming increasingly popular with their fresh brand of
folk music. The band is named after a Hungarian girl that
Luke had a crush on at school.
Half These Songs Are About You
released their first album, Half These Songs Are About
You, in 2004 under FDM Records,
and was generally very well received. It features the
singles JCB and Girls.
JCB song is Nizlopi's most successful song to date,
after reaching number one in the UK on its second release.
The song was written about Luke's troubles with dyslexia at
school and his escape to accompany his dad at work, and was
released as a single in June 2005, reaching number 160 in
the UK Singles Chart. The single was then re-released in the
UK on 12 December 2005, reaching number one the following
week on 18 December 2005, selling more than twice the number
that the closest contender, Westlife. Some bookmakers put it
in the running for the honour of Christmas number one but it
was beaten by the winner of the second series of the UK
version of The X Factor, Shayne Ward's debut single
"That's My Goal". The video has received lots of airplay,
mainly on music TV channel VH1. It is an animated video,
made by Laith Bahrani (a.k.a. 'Monkeehub'), who also
animated an unofficial video for an acoustic version of
"Creep" by Radiohead.
next single, released on 3 April 2006, was track 2 on the
album, "Girls". The band have described the song's video on
radio interviews as "Tim Burton-esque". The video was
directed by Karni & Saul of Flynn Productions, and is the
first that the band appear in. It was released, in what is
now traditional Nizlopi strategy, on the Internet first.
containing six songs and titled "ExtraOrdinary",
was released on 4 September 2006 . It was late due to the
delayed commercial success of their first album and the
resulting later release of the second album. The six tracks
included two which had been released before; 'Helen' and
'Yesterday' which were previously released on the JCB and
Girls EPs respectively.
are renowned for crowd involvement at their gigs, giving an
energetic performance. Often improvising, inviting people up
on stage to sing and dance or unplugging and going into the
crowd. They took part in 'healthy concerts' or 'gigs in
digs' where artists play in someone's house.
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