General Fiasco are an indie rock group from Bellaghy, Northern Ireland. Since their formation in 2006, they have toured with Little Comets, Fighting With Wire, The Wombats, One Night Only, The Pigeon Detectives, The Enemy, Jet and Kids in Glass Houses. They released their debut album Buildings on 22 March 2010 on Infectious Records and released their second album Unfaithfully Yours on 30 July 2012 on Dirty Hit.
In 2007, Owen Strathern and Stephen Leacock had been playing with The Tides and had already released an album due much critical acclaim. Leacock and Strathern hadn’t enjoyed the music being played in the band and so the pair decided to form General Fiasco as an outlet for the pop rock they had desired to write. Owen’s brother was brought in to play guitar alongside Leacock, with Shane Davey on the drums. Davey later moved to America and Leacock filled in as a temporary drummer but was not replaced since. The band had straight away begun gigging and also toured as main support to Fighting With Wire. Despite only being together for a few months, the band were named no.6 in Across the Line’s top 10 local acts of 2007. In between touring and gigs the band were constantly recording demos and also releasing studio EPs. A demo in the summer of 2008 landed them a spot on the BBC Introducing Stage at that year’s Reading & Leeds festival. Their first single, “Rebel Get By,” was released in November 2008 and their second single, “Something Sometime,” became Zane Lowe’s “Hottest Record in the World”. In 2009 the band signed to Infectious Records. NME included them as one of “the ten hopes for the near future.” Since then they have been part of the BBC Introducing line-up at the Electric Proms in October 2008. The band started to receive plays from Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq, Colin Murray, Huw Stephens, John Kennedy, Rigsy on Across The Line, Jenny Huston and Sara Cox and was playlisted at Xfm. They were later invited to perform an acoustic set at Jo Whiley’s prestigious Little Noise Sessions in 2008.
The band completed work on their second album, Unfaithfully Yours, on 22 March 2012 which had been exactly 2 years since the release of Buildings and announced it would be released on 30 July 2012, and a tour to coincide. They showcased some of the songs featured on the new album during their October 2011 and February 2012 tours and at several appearances at SXSW in March 2012, including the Northern Ireland showcase on Thursday 15 March 2012 and the Music from Ireland showcase as B.D. Riley’s on Friday 16 March 2012
On Wednesday 6 June 2012 General Fiasco headlined a free concert to celebrate the Olympic torch relay’s stop that day in Belfast, after having passed through Northern Ireland and Dublin. On 20 June 2012 the band released the video for “Bad Habits”, their next single due out the same day as new album Unfaithfully Yours (30 July 2012).
On 24 January 2013, General Fiasco cancelled their UK tour and announced they were to take an indefinite hiatus. They released a statement on their Facebook page “We are very sorry to announce that we must cancel the upcoming Jan/Feb tour. We have decided to put the band on hold while we take some time out after more than 6 years and hundreds of live shows.”
During the hiatus, the band played a few gigs with Duke Special. They also played a small gig in Belfast.