Adequate Seven formed in November 2000 and played their first gig only four weeks later. The band drew upon a diverse selection of influences in creating their sound. In February 2001 the band released the Adequate Seven EP a 5-track EP on their own label Breaking World Records.
The band was brought to the attention of London-based label Household Name Records who featured one of the band's tracks on their 2002 label sampler, following this with the release of Adequate Seven's début full-length Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience in March 2003 to critical acclaim.
Adequate Seven embarked on several tours, across the UK as well as mainland Europe, with bands such as Hundred Reasons, Capdown, The Suicide Machines and Fishbone as well as opening up for the likes of Cypress Hill and The Slackers. In the middle of 2004, Matt (Squeak) Price and Jonny Prosser left the band to pursue other musical directions. Gavin Fitzjohn and WD Davies were recruited by the band as replacements. Adequate Seven also played Compass Point Festival in Cardiff and appeared on the BBC Radio 1 Lock Up stage at the 2006 Carling Weekend.
Adequate Seven left Household Name Records early in 2005, instead choosing to release their debut single "Splitting Up" on Audio Rehab - a predominantly drum & bass label. According to vocalist Jamie Searle, the move was "totally friendly. We still get on with [Household Name], we're totally supportive of what they do, they still support our band and what we do."
Trombonist Tom Pinder added: "...we felt with this next album that it was time to take some big risks for the sake for the band's continuing progress, and perhaps even for its survival. We were recording an album in late last year that we had decided to release through Household Name, but we knew exactly what would happen if we released the record with them. We'd have sold a few thousand copies over the next couple of years and we'd be able to keep touring the same circuit and perhaps break into Europe a bit more but we'd still not really have an income from the band or any real prospect of one, and therefore because of various pressures on some of us individually we'd be struggling to continue to commit ourselves fully to the band. We decided that we needed a label that could get us out there and pay for us to spend the time and money necessary to make good records. Whilst Household Name is an excellent independent label, they don't work on a scale that could accommodate those extra things."
Jamie was also sure to make the point that Adequate Seven would not suffer artistically from their move to the new label: "...we're not about to start working with machines any time soon. We're doing exactly what we did before, which was get into the practice room, write some tunes, have a bit of a dance."
The band released the "Splitting Up" single on 12" vinyl and CD in August 2005. The track caused major waves on BBC Radio 1's evening shows, including being crowned Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record in the World".
Prior to the release of their highly-anticipated second LP release, Adequate Seven announced that a double A-side single - "Head Up High / Gotta Stay Focused" - would be released on June 12th 2006 via the band's own label, Breaking World Records.
After rumours began circulating on the Internet about the band splitting up, Adequate Seven posted a statement confirming the rumours:
"After nearly six years, and nearly 600 gigs, we've come to the decision that its the right time to call it a day."
The band have plans to release a final single, a free download of Set Your Sights, as well as the already-planned DVD, and to go on one final tour. The band will be recording their final London gig, at the Underworld venue, for a live album to be released on Gravity DIP Records in December 2006.
The band played their final farewell gig on December 10th 2006 at Cardiff Student's Union. Boom in the Diamond Industry, Captain Everything, Shootin' Goon, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and Capdown all supported. Original members Jonny Prosser and Matt Price performed with the band during their set.
|2001||Adequate 7 EP||Breaking World Records||Recorded with original bassist Jonny Prosser and original trumpet player Matt Price (the artist formerly known as Squeak)|
|2003||Songs of Innocence and of Experience||Household Name Records||Recorded with original bassist Jonny Prosser and original trumpet player Matt Price (the artist formerly known as Squeak). Price also plays keys on the album.|
|2006||Here on Earth||Breaking World Records|
|2006||Last Night In London (live album)||Gravity DIP Records|
|Cancelled.||split DVD with Sonic Boom Six||Punkervision||Planned but cancelled when the band split.|
|2005||Splitting Up||Audio Rehab Records|
|2006||Gotta Stay Focused/Head Up High||Breaking World Records|
|2006||Set Your Sights||download only|