Artist You Must Know: The Like
Artist: The Like
The Like were formed in September 2001 by Elizabeth “Z” Berg Charlotte Froom and Tennessee Thomas at the ages of 15, 15 and 16 . All three are daughters of music industry veterans; Berg’s father is former Geffen Records A&R exec/record producer Tony Berg, Froom’s father is producer Mitchell Froom and Thomas’ father is Pete Thomas, longtime drummer for Elvis Costello. From childhood, Froom, Berg and Thomas were immersed in classic rock, and all three took piano lessons before teaching themselves their current instruments. The name comes from a habit that the girls, as many do, have of saying “like” all the time. Thomas’ mother suggested the name and it stuck
The Like released their first album, Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?, through Geffen on September 13, 2005. The album is a combination of reworked songs previously released on their independent EPs as well as new material. The reviews were generally positive. Krissi Murison of the NME had praise for such songs as “June Gloom” and “(So I’ll Sit Here) Waiting”, but criticized the “over-polished approach” of producer Wendy Melvoin.
On September 17, 2009, the band posted a message entitled “The Like 2.0” on their MySpace blog. The message announced a new lineup: founding members Berg and Thomas, plus new members Reni Lane and Laena Geronimo. They toured with Arctic Monkeys in September and October 2009.
The Like’s second album, Release Me, was released on June 15, 2010 on Downtown Records.
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