2:54 are an alternative rock band from London comprising sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow.
The Thurlow sisters were born in Ireland but spent much of their childhood in Bristol after moving there at an early age. In 2007 they formed the punk rock band The Vulgarians, and in mid-2010 formed 2:54, named after part of a song by The Melvins (in Colette's words the "point on 'History Of Bad Men' where the bass line turns doomy, and dreamy").
They first came to public attention in 2010 after putting one of their demos online. Their debut single, "On a Wire", was released in 2011 and was followed with "Scarlet" on Fiction Records. They toured with Warpaint, Wild Beasts, The Big Pink, The Maccabees, and The xx, and played at several festivals including South by Southwest. The sisters were joined for live shows in 2011 by bassist Joel Porter and drummer Alex Robins.
Their self-titled debut album, recorded with producer Rob Ellis and mixed by Alan Moulder, was released in May 2012 on Fiction in the UK and Fat Possum Records in the US. It received an 8/10 rating from the NME.
The group played a headlining tour in Autumn 2012.
In 21 July 2014, 2:54 announced they have signed to the independent record label Bella Union, and will be releasing their second album later in the year, streaming the first single off the forthcoming work, entitled "Orion". They have also announced an upcoming UK tour, which will take place in November 2014.
Sian Rowe of The Guardian described them as "a little bit grunge, a little bit shoegaze, with bursts of heavy riffing and the odd psychedelic meander". They have been compared to bands such as Curve and Garbage.
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