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Hundred Reasons
Hundred Reasons performing in 2007
Hundred Reasons performing in 2007
Background information
OriginLondon, England
Years active
  • 1999 (1999)–2009
  • 2012
  • 2014
  • 2021–present
  • Andy Bews
  • Colin Doran
  • Andy Gilmour
  • Larry Hibbitt
Past members
  • Paul Townsend
  • Ben Doyle

Hundred Reasons are an English alternative rock band formed in London, England, in 1999. It consists of Colin Doran (vocals), Larry Hibbitt (guitar, vocals), Andy Gilmour (bass), and Andy Bews (drums).

After releasing EpOne, EpTwo, and EpThree between 2000 and 2001, Hundred Reasons issued their debut full-length album, Ideas Above Our Station, in 2002, to critical acclaim and commercial success. The album yielded the singles "I'll Find You", "If I Could", "Silver", and "Falter", and was followed by Shatterproof Is Not a Challenge in 2004. After being dropped by Columbia Records, the band signed with V2 Records and released their third studio album, Kill Your Own, in 2006. Guitarist and vocalist Paul Townsend departed following the release and was replaced by Ben Doyle for the band's fourth album, Quick the Word, Sharp the Action (2007).

Following years of inactivity, Hundred Reasons played tenth-anniversary shows in 2012 and briefly reunited again for two shows in 2014. After regrouping in 2021, they issued their fifth album, Glorious Sunset, in 2023.

Hundred Reasons have had six top-40 hit singles and two top-20 hit albums.[1]


Formation and first releases: 1999–2004[edit]

Hundred Reasons was formed in London, England, in 1999. By 2001, they had released three EPs: EpOne, EpTwo, and EpThree, as well as a split EP with the American punk rock band Garrison.

The band's debut album, Ideas Above Our Station, was released in 2002. It peaked at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart, achieved Gold status, with sales of over 118,000 copies, and spawned several Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart.[2][3]

Their second album, Shatterproof Is Not A Challenge, was released in 2004. Despite successful tours and achieving Silver status with sales of more than 65,000 copies within four months, Hundred Reasons were dropped by Sony BMG in June 2004.[2]

Subsequent releases and lineup change (2005–2009)[edit]

Hundred Reasons signed to V2 Records[2] in September 2005 and issued their third studio album, Kill Your Own, in 2006. In August of that year, it was announced on the band's official website that guitarist and vocalist Paul Townsend would be leaving the band. He was replaced by Ben Doyle of the Lucky Nine.[2]

In October 2007, the band published their fourth album, Quick the Word, Sharp the Action. Less than a month later, V2 Records was purchased by Universal Records and left the band without a label once more.[2][4] They re-released a remastered version of Quick the Word, Sharp the Action in 2009.[citation needed]

Hiatus and reunion shows (2009–2014)[edit]

After the re-release of Quick the Word, Sharp the Action, Hundred Reasons went on an extended hiatus. Reflecting on this period in an interview with NME in 2022, Doran stated: "After Quick the Word, personally for me that felt like it was going to be it. I'm quite pragmatic and I think it had some good songs on it, but it wasn't what I would call our best record. Things were on a bit of a downward turn, to be open and frank about it. We just ended up, not necessarily dissolving the band but everybody had to go and find other things to do. Those things took over, then weeks turned into months, which turned into years. Larry was building his career as a producer, I was in education and doing stuff like that, Bews was living in America which made rehearsal quite different, and Andy was in another band at the time called Freeze Atlantic."[5]

In April 2012, the band announced that they would be performing songs from their first album, Ideas Above Our Station, at both Banquet Records' Big Day Out and 2000Trees, and that they had been rejoined by Paul Townsend.[6] Hell Is for Heroes drummer Joe Birch performed with them that summer."[7]

On 8 May, it was revealed that Townsend would not be performing with the band after all.[8]

In 2014, Hundred Reasons reunited once more to play the Sonisphere Festival.[5]

Glorious Sunset (2022–present)[edit]

On 25 October 2022, the band announced that they would be releasing their first new music in fifteen years, with a single called "Glorious Sunset". A full-length album, also titled Glorious Sunset, came out on 24 February 2023.[5]

Band members[edit]


  • Colin Doran – lead vocals, keyboards (1999–2012; 2014; 2021–present)
  • Larry Hibbitt – guitar, occasional lead vocals (1999–2012; 2014; 2021–present)
  • Andy Gilmour – bass, backing vocals (1999–2012; 2014; 2021–present)
  • Andy Bews – drums (1999–2009; 2012; 2021–present)


  • Paul Townsend – guitar, occasional lead vocals (1999–2006, 2012)
  • Ben Doyle – guitar (2006–2009)



Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certification
UK UK Rock UK Indie SCO
2002 Ideas Above Our Station 6 1 - 7
2004 Shatterproof Is Not a Challenge
  • Released: 1 March 2004
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, digital download
20 1 - 22
2006 Kill Your Own
  • Released: 20 March 2006
  • Label: V2
  • Formats: CD, digital download
79 3 4 94
2007 Quick the Word, Sharp the Action
  • Released: 15 October 2007/20 April 2009 (re-release)
  • Label: V2
  • Formats: CD, digital download
100 4 - -
2023 Glorious Sunset
  • Released: 24 February 2023
  • Label: SO Recordings
  • Formats: Vinyl, CD, digital download
- 5 10 -

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
2004 Live Bootleg
  • Released: November 2004
  • Label: Gravity DIP
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2005 Live at Freakscene
  • Released: 26 September 2005
  • Label: Secret Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2012 Year Ten: Live at the Forum
  • Released: 24 November 2012
  • Label: Abbey Road Live
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2023 Live at Hammersmith
  • Released: Sept 2023
  • Label: So Recordings
  • Formats:digital download


Year EP details Peak chart positions
2000 EpOne
2001 EpTwo
  • Released: 6 August 2001
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD,
47 42
Garrison / Hundred Reasons
  • Released: 27 August 2001
  • Label: Simba Recordings
  • Formats: CD,
  • Released: 15 December 2001
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD,
37 38


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2002 "If I Could" 19 3 19 Ideas Above Our Station
"Silver" 15 2 18
"Falter" 38 5 44
2003 "The Great Test" 29 4 29 Shatterproof Is Not a Challenge
2004 "What You Get" 30 1 32
"How Soon Is Now?" 47 6 46 Non-album single
2006 "Kill Your Own" 45 2 2 23 Kill Your Own
"The Perfect Gift" 111 3 11 46
"The Chance/Live Fast, Die Ugly"
2007 "No Way Back" Quick the Word, Sharp the Action
2009 "I'll Never Know"
"Break the Glass"
2022 "Glorious Sunset" Glorious Sunset
"New Glasses"
"The Old School Way"
2023 "Replicate"


  1. ^ "Hundred Reasons". Hundredreasonsband.tumblr.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Colin Doran Interview, Rocksins.com
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 263. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Hundredreasons.com – pg 78 Archived 4 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b c Trendell, Andrew (27 October 2022). "Hundred Reasons return with 'Glorious Sunset' and tell us about their first album in 15 years". NME. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  6. ^ "50 acts across 4 stages – Bank Holiday – Monday 4th June at Banquet's Big Day Out". Banquet Records.com. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  7. ^ [1] Archived 20 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "10 years ago this week, Silver was released. Love... – Hundred Reasons". Hundredreasonsband.tumblr.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  9. ^ "BPI – Statistics – Certified Awards – Search for Hundred Reasons". BPI. Retrieved 23 May 2020.

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