From out-and-out snarling, guitar-fuelled assault to haunting, bittersweet piano balladry, 50Hz are difficult to pigeonhole. Formed in 2001 in London, 50Hz released their first single on Shifty Disco Records later that year (championed by Steve Lamacq on Radio 1), and have built a loyal following since then. In 2004, 50Hz (alongside Stereophonics) set the tone for 'Long Way Round,' Ewan and Charley's first around-the-world motorcycle adventure and their song "Panic Attack" appears on the soundtrack for the series. The last year has been spent working on a full-length album with producer Ian Grimble (The Cure, Travis, Manic Street Preachers). This is now available as a limited 1,000 copy run from their website and available on I-Tunes.
The band also just released Panic Attack and Waste Your Time as a 'double-A-side' single in October on their own label, Blue Tide Records. Their remarkable live shows have also been amped up a notch by the addition of new guitarist Dan Cochrane (replacing Andy Gott), and more live dates are being scheduled across the UK for the autumn. They are spending the summer months writing and recording new material.
Double CD released December 3rd. Thirty tracks follow the intrepid bikers on their journey south from John O'Groats to South Africa.
Find out more about the artists whose music was specially chosen to feature on the Long Way Down television series, DVD and CD. Read the background to the musicians and buy digital downloads of tracks heard on the series.
Catch up with what is happening to Ewan and Charley episode by episode and trace the music you can hear as the journey unfolds week by week.