Breed 77

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Origin

Breed 77 comes from the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Old Gibraltarian school friends, Paul Isola, Danny Felice, and Stuart Cavilla met up in London at a club being run and being Djed by DJ Zoe Urchin, they became informally known around this club scene as the Gibraltarian Mafia.

When, in late April 1996, this circle of friends formed a band, they wanted a name to reflect their joint origins and called themselves simply Breed. The band were forced to change their name because it was previously registered by Steve Hewitt (formerly of Placebo) on his vanity record label.

Stuart Cavilla, the band's bass player, had previously worked as a motorcycle courier under the call sign of Kilo 77 or K77, and the band became Breed 77.

Awards

In 1998, Kerrang! readers voted Breed 77 the 'Best Unsigned Band'. In 1999, they won both the Metal Hammer and Kerrang! awards for the best new band. Then in 2001 they signed a five album deal with Albert Productions, the legendary Australian publisher of AC/DC.

Releases

Breed 77's self-titled debut album was first released in November 2001 and due to a high demand was re-released in April 2005. Their second album Cultura was released on 3 May 2004 and went to number 61 in the UK album charts and number 3 in the Rock Album Chart. Cultura produced the singles "La Última Hora", "The River", and "World's on Fire". "The River" managed to secure their first UK Top 40 position, getting to number 39 in the UK Singles Chart. "World's On Fire" just missed out scraping in at number 43, but was number 1 in the Rock Singles Chart. Neither song received any mainstream radio air-time and the videos were featured only on the Scuzz and Kerrang! TV music television channels.


Breed 77 released their third album In My Blood (En Mi Sangre) internationally on 11 September 2006. In My Blood (En Mi Sangre) was produced by Ron Saint-Germain (The Saint) noted for his work with Soundgarden, Tool, "Creed", and Bad Brains. Two bonus tracks were produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers). The first single from this album, "Alive" was out on 12 June 2006, also known as Download Monday, and reached number 6 on the Rock Singles Chart. The second single was "Blind", released on 4 September 2006. As well as the single "Look at Me Now", which was released on 23 April 2007. The single includes a special cover of the song 'Zombie', by The Cranberries.


In early 2007, the band released the iTunes exclusive album Un Encuentro (to coincide with the launch of "iTunes Latino"). The album featured 11 songs from previous albums but all sung in Spanish. This album was re-released in physical CD format on 7 May 2007.

A little while after that, the band finished its fifth studio album, Insects. The first two tracks have been announced as "The Horns of Hattin The Battle of Hattin" (April 2008) and "Wake Up". The album was released on 17 November 2009. The band made a video for 'Zombie' in early 2010.


On 25 March 2013 the band will release its sixth studio album "The Evil Inside". The first music video from the album "Bring On The Rain" was released on the bands website on 6 March 2013.


On tour

Breed 77 have toured consistently over the years, and have supported bands such as Black Sabbath, Machine Head, Danzig, Ill Niño, One Minute Silence and Napalm Death. Now as a headlining act in their own right they have built up a loyal following.

They headlined a UK tour in September 2006, alongside an appearance at the Download Festival, supporting Guns N' Roses. Breed 77 played at Santa Cruz X 103.9's Jingleballs concert on December 6, 2006, in Santa Cruz, California. It was their second live U.S. performance. Their first performance was at the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) music festival in 2005 in Austin, Texas, at the now defunct Hard Rock Cafe. In 2008 they were invited to open Mago de Oz's concerts in Mexico.

On 12 June 2010, Breed 77 headlined the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage at Download Festival. Breed 77 were on stage in Lithuania's Rock/Heavy Metal festival RockNights'10 on 6–7 August 2010 (Zarasai).

The band headlined a UK tour in September 2010, joined by The Defiled and Transgression. The tour was called 'Infesting Britain' and was cut short, missing Brighton and Birmingham due to drummer Oscar breaking his foot. This happened whilst carrying rental equipment after they had their van raided of all equipment in London.

On Saturday 29 October 2010, Breed 77 headlined the Mosh For Dosh charity event at the Victoria Hall in Stoke-On-Trent, supported by Babylon Fire and other acts.

Current members

  • Paul Isola (Gibraltar) – lead vocals, djembe, Percussion instrument|percussion (1996–)
  • Danny Felice (Gibraltar) – guitars, Backing vocalist|backing vocals (1996–)
  • Stuart Cavilla (Gibraltar) – bass guitar (1996–1999, 2000–)
  • Pedro Caparros López (Barcelona, Spain) – guitars, backing vocals (2002–)
  • Andre Joyzi (Lisbon, Portugal) – Drum kit|drums and other Percussion instrument|percussion (2010–)

Former members

  • Lawrence Bautista – drums (1996–1997)
  • Nick Beefly – drums (1997–1998)
  • Charlie Gomez – bass guitar (1999–2000)
  • Dan Wilkinson – bass guitar (2000)
  • Peter Chichone – Drum kit|drums and other Percussion instrument|percussion (1998–2006)
  • Adam Lewis – Drum kit|drums and other Percussion instrument|percussion (2006–2007)
  • Óscar Preciado Zamora – Drum kit|drums and other Percussion instrument|percussion (2007–2010)

Discography

Albums

1) Breed 77 (aka Kharma (UK) (2001, Re-released 2005)

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2) Cultura (2004)

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3) In My Blood (En Mi Sangre) (2006)

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4) Un Encuentro (2007)

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5) Insects (2009)

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6) The Evil Inside (2013)

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7) Acoustic Rarities (2015)

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Singles

  • "La Última Hora" (2003)
  • "The River" (2004)
  • "World's on Fire" (2004)
  • "Shadows" (2005)
  • "Alive" (2006)
  • "Blind" (2006)
  • "Look at Me Now" (2007)
  • "World's on Fire El Mundo en Llamas" (2008)
  • "The River" (2008)
  • "Insects" (2009)
  • "Zombie" (2010)
  • "The Evil Inside" (2013)

EPs

  • The Message (1998)
  • Vol. 1 (1999)
  • La Última Hora (2003)
  • Shadows (2005)
  • Under The Skin (2012)

(The Message was also released on the compilation; -
The Electric Ballroom Presents Full Tilt Vol 2 by Dj Rex)

Music Videos

  • "Kharma" (2001)
  • "La Última Hora" (2003)
  • "The River" (2004)
  • "World's on Fire" (2005)
  • "Shadows" (2005)
  • "Blind" (2006)
  • "World's on Fire|El Mundo en Llamas" (2008)
  • "The River (Breed 77 song)|El Rio" (2008)
  • "Wake Up" (2009)
  • "Zombie" (2010)
  • "Bring On The Rain" (2013)

External links

Breed 77 Facebook Page

Soozi Q interviewed Breed 77 for The Independent Voice