Chicken Legs Weaver formed some years ago in Sheffield, England and quickly built up a reputation as an exciting live band with strong original material.
“clearly the best band the UK has produced in a while”- THURSTON MOORE/BYRON COLEY.
During Summer 2002, an underground American journalist by the name of Byron Coley contacted the band offering to release some live material on Ecstatic Yod Records, a small, vinyl-only label that he part owns with THURSTON MOORE of SONIC YOUTH.
“Wishbone Hands” eventually surfaced in Spring 2005 in collaboration with Nigel Cross’s Shagrat label featuring sleeve artwork by BILLY CHILDISH and liner notes by MICK FARREN.
Chicken Legs started looking for someone who would be able to capture their raw, uncompromising sound in the studio. When they supported the amazing JOHNNY DOWD BAND at The Barfly, Johnny expressed an interest in producing the “Chicken album”, as he put it.
Mik Glaisher was the amazing drummer behind the Comsat Angels success in the 80’s and 90’s. He replaced the previous Drummer “Tank” and transformed the band into something awesome.
The new team went to upstate New York in a blizzard to record “NOWHERE” with JOHNNY DOWD and Justin Asher. Together they produced a magnificent album. The record also includes a co writing collaboration with alt country hero JIM WHITE.
In Autumn 2004, double bassist Norton Lees announced he was leaving and that October, Mik and Andy took three new songs into the studio with another great singer/ songwriter and producer, RICHARD HAWLEY. One of these songs “Monday Man”, features on second album, “SILK RIPPED DRESS” Along with Colin Elliott at Yellow Arch Studios, Richard turned an unprepared two piece into a mighty garage blues band.
Jane Howden took over with a driving electric bass sound that fitted perfectly. Her heavy but felicitous runs completed the picture making it darker and sexier than ever.
In 2005 they expanded their fan base to Belgium, France and Switzerland signing a licensing deal with Riverside Records and a publishing deal with Bug Music.
“well down and dirty,.get yourselves a gun!”- LARRY LOVE, ALABAMA 3
This led to UK support slots with ALABAMA THREE,
JOHNNY DOWD and SEASICK
“they should make CREAM ashamed to call themselves a power trio!” MARK LAMARR
In 2007, the band recorded their second album “SILK RIPPED DRESS” and travelled again to France to appear at the Garde ’n’ Blues festival in Marseille. The album is due out this Spring (2008) following their second appearance on MARK LAMARR’S GOD’S JUKEBOX SHOW.