Monday, May 17, 2004


Order the single from Virgin or from HMV or online by clicking below:
Ltd Ed signed 7 INCH
This Is For The Poor will be sold at £1:99 for the CD and 99p for the 7" for the first week.
There's also a full list of UK indie stockists on the forum.

Here’s what the press made of the single.


““Working Class Heroes”

Shabby urchins stick one , magnificently, to anyone who can afford their single.

This song is so close to being terrible. And for a good while we were convinced it was, but then we saw The Others live and realised that really it was the opposite - desperate, disillusioned, anarchically explosive and all the better for the fact that it sounds like it could implode on itself at any moment. We don’t know where The Others come from (Er, London - Ed) or even how many people are involved (Um, four, Ed). When we saw them play the Camden Barfly the other week we couldn’t actually see the band through the torrent of thrill-hungry teenagers invading the stage. We expect they’re from somewhere out in the city’s margins but moved central after hearing the call-to-arms from godfathers of the DIY scene The Libertines (whom they have been supporting almost continuously over recent months), and that’s what makes this debut so exciting: that it sounds like it’s born from the boredom of the suburbs rather than the opportunity of the city. “This is for anyone who’s left their hometown/This is for all the kids who stand out in the crowd/This is for every disappointment” howls frontman Dominic Masters as guitars burn like Neasden knives. It’s the same political spirit of dissent that raged through British cities such as London and Coventry in the late ’70s - defiant and menacing and self-destructively honest. Yes, “…For The Poor” is na├»ve, shabby and, if played too many times , beyond annoying. But even if all it does is make you throw your record player out of the window in disgust, well then, at least it’s made you do something today. Try not to though, because the two B-sides are awesome.”
by Krissi Murison

The Others - This Is For The Poor
“Rock’n’roll alienation. Loneliness. Poverty. All the truly great songs are drenched in the stuff. The Others ‘This is for the Poor’ is a teenage trash anthem. Yes. AN ANTHEM. In that great accidental tradition of the true Anthem: disagreement sloganeering, cathartic, catchy-as-fuck and psychotically gleeful as it wanders in the muck of London with hands-in-pockets, heads down and wary. Like any true outsider in London, would. And much like in 1992, when Suede - the original glam heroin punk singer Brett Anderson wailed about ‘…all the love and poison of London’, the Others are doing the same. Only this time there is no love only poison in Londontown. And in doing so, "This is for the Poor" has become an answer record to that great English post-punxxx outsider tradition of The Jam - Strange Town and The Smiths - London

With Peter Hook's lost unholy bass parts at the wrong speed it starts off ominously and like a flick of a cigarette in the face, it explodes into pure ‘89 Jesus and Mary Chain guitar-trash heavenly violence with singer Dominic Masters screaming ‘This is for anyone that’s left their hometown…’ like the last Buzzcock: doing anything they have to do to find their groove until it becomes pure epiphany, and their imputed doomy darkness becomes legitimate. And fucking fantastic. The single "This is for the Poor" is out on Poptones on the 17th of May.” Very sorry but I’ve lost the link which tells me who wrote this and where it was. If anyone can help, please get in touch.

Drowned In Sound
Rating: 9/10
Released: May 17th

"John Lydon once said “anger is an energy”; if the man speaks the truth, which he nearly always does, then The Others are one of the most energetic new bands in London.

The quartet’s first single, coming out on Alan McGee’s Poptones label, is the sound of pissed off working class lads making a racket, and kicking it against the “rich keeyads". It’s the musical equivalent of the Jesus And Mary Chain taking The Clash to dinner, only to be served a banquet of Art Brut singles and Situationist handbooks. Lyrically, the track says very little (“This is for all you kids who have to leave your schools”), but the angst in singer Dom’s tuneless whine can’t be faltered. It’s funny how such a simple song can sum up that ancient dictum “What am I rebelling against? What’ve you got?” in little
over 4 minutes.

'This Is For The Poor' then; a (dare I say it) classic first effort. Not to be missed, and definitely not one for the rich keeyads." Copyright Alex Wisgard, 2004

Teletext - Planet Sound

“This is for the poor, not you rich kids” sneers Dominic Masters like Rise-era PIL, as a sleazy love in of The Cure and punk-era Adam Ant kicks off behind him. As we’re ordering our butler to type this, we’re barred from loving this. But, by jove it’s great.”

Sunday Times:

The Others… are a British quartet who sum up everything that is great about the current music scene (and may, if they’re not careful, come to epitomise all that’s wrong about it). With a non-stop touring schedule, an icon-in-the-making frontman, stage invasions at the Camden Barfly, a debut single - This Is For The Poor - on Alan McGee’s Poptones label, and a rabid, blog-based army of fans, the Others are, in that hateful modern phrase, ticking all the right boxes. Accordingly, the majors are hovering; and, in a frenzied climate of gargantuan advances (and likely estrangements a couple of albums down the line) not seen since Britpop, it’s probably inevitable that the Others will succumb.

Who do they sound like?
This Is For The Poor is an irresistible teen anthem that references The Smiths, The Clash, Joy Division, The Ruts and Alternative TV, and contains a lyric “This is for anyone who’s left their hometown”, that’s in the great tradition of alien-nation calls to arms.”

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