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The Rakes

"The Rakes" are an British rock band from London.

The Rakes formed at the start of the 2000s, apparently taking their name from the fact that they were "skinny as rakes".

Since coming to relative fame in 2005, they have been associated with the British post-punk/art-rock scene, a genre that lumps bands like Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Maximo Park, and The Futureheads in one convenient cluster. However, it could be argued that the Rakes originate from the east London/Whitechapel punk scene - along with The Others, The Libertines and Razorlight.

The Rakes write songs about working life, mundane routines, and escapism as shown on their acclaimed debut album ''Capture/Release'' that spawned the singles "22 Grand Job," "Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)," and "Retreat." Several of their singles have appeared in the UK top 40 list and their album ''Capture/Release'' reached #32 in the UK Album chart. Their take on working life has led them to describe themselves as the world's first post-David Brent band. The "22 Grand Job" video shows them playing in an office environment - one of the main themes to their songs.

The Rakes accompanied Franz Ferdinand on their ...

years active 2002–present
country London, England
music genre Indie rock
Art rock
Post-punk revival
current members Alan Donohoe - Singer
past members
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