Reef are a British rock band from Glastonbury whose present line-up comprises frontman Gary Stringer, Jack Bessant on bass and Jesse Wood on guitar. To date, the band have sold in excess of three million albums worldwide.
Since forming in 1993, Reef have released five studio albums, three of which reached the UK Top 10, and racked up nine Top 40 singles. Reef’s debut LP, ‘Replenish’, contained the UK Top 20 hit song “Naked” and went on to achieve gold status in the UK, leading to tours with Paul Weller, Soundgarden and the Rolling Stones.
In 1996, Reef released their most successful single to date, “Place Your Hands”. Written by Stringer following the death of his grandfather, the song rocketed into the Top 10 and laid the groundwork for their sophomore album, ‘Glow’, in 1997. Produced by George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes), ‘Glow’ went straight in at #1 in the UK charts and also featured the tracks “Come Back Brighter” (UK Top 10), “Consideration” (UK Top 20) and “Yer Old” (UK Top 40). “Place Your Hands” established Reef’s popularity and continues to resonate with audiences globally. It was famously used by radio DJ Chris Evans to introduce a segment of his cult TV show TFI Friday.
During Reef’s last headline performance on the Avalon stage at Glastonbury, they were joined by their good friend and guitarist Andy Taylor (The Power Station/Duran Duran) for an electrifying end to a memorable set and have continued to collaborate with him since. Andy has produced and performed on Reef’s much anticipated forthcoming album, ‘Shoot Me Your Ace’, the title track of which is released on 29th October. The record also sees Reef joined by virtuoso drummer Luke Bullen, formerly of Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros and Bryan Ferry’s band, completing a stellar line-up.
Reef regularly tour internationally and have always been hailed as one of the UK’s greatest live acts. They were special guests of Coldplay on the group’s last Wembley Stadium shows, invited personally by singer Chris Martin. Following a number of appearances at some of the UK’s best-loved festivals this summer, Reef have announced that their ‘Shoot Me Your Ace’ UK tour will take place in April 2022 to promote the release of their new album and include a date at London’s O2 Forum, Kentish Town.
Listen to more of Reef’s music via our Spotlight playlist above.