Matt Cardle is about to become a household name if he manages to squeeze through to the X Factor 2010 live shows. And all our intelligence gathering tells us that he will (check out the rumoured X Factor Final 12 post on Unreality TV).
But like the thousands of people who apply for X Factor each year, this isn’t Matt’s first crack at the music biz. Earlier this very year – that’s 2010 for those of you without calendars – Matt’s band Seven Summers released their debut album, an alternative rock tour de force that’s surprisingly good.
Cardle was the frontman for the group and played acoustic guitar for them. Rounding out the lineup are Alex Baker (drums), Jon Holland (bass) and Neillo (guitars). The band’s MySpace profile describes Cadrle’s extraordinary voice as the focal point of Seven Summers. And it’s not hard to see why. Nothing you’ve heard of Matt Cardle on X Factor holds a candle to his gutsy, raw performances with his band.
The last message on the band’s official website is dated July 2010, and hints at them not being a full-time group: “We do band in and around real life, on our own terms.” Which would explain why Matt Cardle is auditioning for X Factor instead of rocking up a pub somewhere in Essex. Personally though, it’s changed my opinion of him – I like the fact that he’s got a great rock voice, although X Factor may not be the best showcase for his talents.
I’ve embedded a couple of their videos for you to get a feel for the band’s music – I think you’re going to like Seven Summers’ original material. And yes, checked shirts and that manky green cap seem to be Matt’s clobber of choice. Busker chic or aspiring vagrant? You tell me.
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