Andy Thomson – guitar, vocals, bass (Bad Line), keyboards
Paul Hamilton – percussion, voice
David Toynton – bass, ukulele, occasional guitar
Gavin Murphy – guitar (2 songs Oojimaflips; all Bad Line)
Three central London postmen converged in 2005 to bash and thrash some self-written ditties. Their debut album “Grasshopper” (2006) was a shambles and was deleted by public demand. Follow-up Oojimaflips made a year later was a definite improvement with songs about George Best, senility, Bullshitters’ Conventions and fascist juntas. The ranks were swelled by the augmentation of guitar owner Gavin ‘Guru’ Murphy on two songs.
The 4-piece Reticents was too crowded for Toynton, who decided to sit out their 3rd LP, Bad Line, rejoining the band when The Guru was bounced. The original trio produced a CD single, I’m All Right (It’s The Others), and a download E.P. (I Want One Too) released in the sizzling summer of 2010.
Reticents never actually broke up – or, if they did, they didn’t notice it. Maybe they were too reticent for their own good. Maybe it was ‘musical indifferences’.
Following an enthusiastic application of neck oil to mark the 10th anniversary of their debut, Reticents agreed to make a new record in the late summer of 2016. The result was Tough To Trace, a four-minute one-song album notable for Hamilton’s Bryan Ferry impression.
Summing up Reticents’ oeuvre, Thomson opined succinctly, “Good songs played bad.”
Tough To Trace [d/l song] (2016)
I Want One Too [5-song d/l E.P.] (2010)
I’m All Right (It’s The Others) [3-song CD single] (2009)*
Bad Line [12-song CD album] (2008)*
Oojimaflips [12-song CD album] (2007)*
“Grasshopper” [9-song d/l album] (2006)