This is an archive of the band profile for Being 747.
Following the many successes and disasters of one of Leeds' finest ever pop groups LANDSPEED LOUNGERS, Dave Cooke left the group to take stock of his life. Dave decided that a steady career as a Ceramic Artist specialising in sculpting life-size penguins was not enough to assuage his hunger for the absurd, so after a short period of time with his head in the clouds, Dave emerged triumphantly sporting a large, ungainly papier-mache aeroplane head-piece and a freshly twanged guitar in his hand.
He declared himself Being 747.
The next few months were spent lulling acoustic and folk-night audiences into a false sense of security before bamboozling them with unpredictable, choppy melodies and twisted-perspectives on everyday matter, whether they be profound, mundane or downright surreal. All of which were delivered with Dave's unmistakable baritone through the mouthpiece of his giant prosthetic aeroplane head.
Such eccentricity was bound to attract attention from the like-minded. And so, in the middle of 2001, Dave was approached by siblings Steven & Paul Morricone from well-established art rock behemoth, THE SCARAMANGA SIX, who offered to add a bit of muscle to the proceedings. Paul assumed the unfamiliar role of drummer, whilst Steven tackled the other roles of organ & bass - preferably at the same time. All three members embarked on a voyage of the utterly awkward, each constantly challenging themselves with their array of new-found toys. The now dynamic and completely un-acoustic BEING 747 were ready to take off with the aim to astound, confuse and bemuse through the medium of pop music.
Being 747's dreamy debut EP 'Weathergirl' was released in the spring of 2002 on Wrath Records to a generally disbelieving press. How could something so beautiful, well-crafted and pre-meditated come from some tiny DIY label in Leeds? Dave Cooke was perceived as some kind of 'Smoking jacketed Noel Coward of Indiedom', despite his collection of comfortable sweaters. A fair amount of plays on various national, local and web-based radio stations later and Being 747 had made their mark.
Thanks to a growing reputation as an entertaining oddball outfit who'll turn up at the last minute and play for peanuts - some plum supports (The Fall, Cinerama). They've also supported a number of bands who - at the time - would have played for peanuts, but who have since gone on to sell bucket loads ie: Kaiser Chiefs, Maximo Park, The Cribs.
Eventually (and this may take some time) we shall eclipse then all with our ramshackle and 'difficult to pigeon hole' pop ... but don't hold your breath..