Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2000, this alt rock band comprises Conal Byrne (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Chris Insley (guitar), Bert Genovese (bass), and Andrew Freni (drums/percussion). Instead of strengthening their repertoire by playing in front of live audiences straightaway, Adom took the opposite route by practising incessantly in their rehearsal room for six months. After sending out demos, the quartet received interest from major labels such as Sony and DreamWorks, but ultimately, decided to sign in the UK with the Manchester-based indie label Storm (an impressive six-album recording contract), and decided to relocate to England as a result. The quartet spent the majority of 2002 in a Welsh recording studio working on their debut album, with former Japan keyboard player Richard Barbieri producing. Adom undertook their most extensive UK tour in early 2003, coinciding with the release of their debut, ‘Down’. The single immediately earned some vital radio time and substantial media coverage, with critics comparing the band’s music to alt rock titans such as the Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. Idiot Savant was finally released in May of the same year, earning strong reviews from the UK press. The album was supported by yet another UK tour (50 dates throughout May and June), while a second single, ‘Mary’, was lifted from the album in the autumn.
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