After a short break following The Wonder Stuff's final performance at the Phoenix Festival, Malcolm Treece and Paul Clifford decided to continue to work together.  They were initially joined by Then Jericho's Steve Wren on drums followed by Ange Dolittle - former lead singer with Eat - on vocals.  As the foursome developed new material, Wren was faced with the decision of whether to commit himself to regular touring and periods away from home or remain closer to his family having recently become a father.  In Autumn 1994, he decided to leave the group and whilst the remaining members of the group looked for his replacement, they contacted Martin Gilks to ask if he would help them out for a short while and WeKnowWhereYouLive were officially formed.

WeKnowWhereYouLive, NME 1995The early part of 1995 was spent by the band rehearsing and recording - though the group were also keen to point out that they played a lot of ten-pin bowling as well!  In April, the first fruits of these rehearsals sessions were placed onto a cassette and distributed to close friends and family for approval.

In the last week of May they played their first UK tour, stopping at thirteen towns and cities across England and Scotland and icking up rave reviews from many critics.  Each gig showcased the new material recently written by the group.  At the first ten dates of the tour, a free single was given to the first 50 people through the doors containing two tracks from the recording sessions, 'Mental Hygiene' and 'Draped'.  Some copies made their way to UK record stations with 'Mental Hygiene' gaining a reasonable amount of airplay on the Evening Session show on BBC Radio One and some of the alternative music shows on local radio. Asked in an interview for the New Musical Express publication, Malcolm described the new music as "a lot harder and noisier than the stuff we were doing at the end. It's more like the earlier stuff rather than the things we went into."  The tour was a pre-cursor for their debut at the Reading Festival on August 25th.

 

In the September issue of the American music industry magazine Ice, it was announced that the group would be releasing their first commercially available single at the end of the month. The group's name was also now confirmed as being separate words rather than being one continuous phrase.

After a few weeks of delays in getting permission to reproduce the artwork for the sleeve (a painting of Jesus after being taken from the cross by Italian artist Mantegna), the group's debut single came out on November on the newly formed Hatched, Matched and Dispatched record label.   The track had previously been included on demo tapes and during live performances with a working title of 'Meanwhile' but was changed to 'Don't Be Too Honest' shortly before its release.  The single was intended to be a taster for their debut album which was scheduled for a January/February '96 release.

Although it reached number five in the independent singles chart, a position in the national singles chart wasn't so easy to achieve with the 7" vinyl format of the single being limited to just 1,000 copies, all of which were only distributed to independent record shops.

 

The end of January was a particularly dark period for the group.  Having only come onboard as a temporary member of the group, Martin Gilks had decided that he wanted to continue working on his other business commitments which included artists management and the prospect of regular touring requirements was not something he relished.  As a result, it was agreed that he would leave the group and a new drummer would be found.  Shortly after, the group's manager Graham Carpenter left his role and Polydor, who had previously held an option on the services of the group, withdrew their interest.

 

Gilks' replacement was announced in late March - Jim Ledbetter, previously of Cornwall-based group Limousine.  By way of introduction, the group embarked on a nine-date tour of Southern England. To coincide with the tour, it was announced that the group's second single, 'Draped', would be released at the end of May.

During a break in the touring schedule, the group booked time at Greenhouse Studios to record more new tracks for their debut album, now scheduled for release at the end of the year.  Legendary producer Pat Collier was bought in to take charge of the mixing.

Although the recording sessions went well, the release of 'Draped' in July confusing still featured Martin Gilks on drums although this version was a re-recording of the version previously released on the group's original demo tape and promotional single.  The release was coupled with the much-requested demo version of 'Mental Hygiene' and another popular track, 'Crude Manipulator'.

 

In mid-August, Paul Clifford decided to part company with the group. Though no official reason was given, it was thought that finances played a major part in his decision to leave. Nearly two years since their formation and the group were still in almost the same career position as when they had formed. They were still playing to small crowds in pubs and clubs  in towns across the UK and no major record deal was on the horizon.  The cost of financing the group eventually proved too much....  for everyone.  Within a few weeks of Paul leaving, Jim also left.  Although Ange and Malcolm continued to come up with ideas for new material, after a short while they decided to draw the chapter to a close.

 

Fans of the group had a couple of singles to console themselves with alongside a barrage of bootleg live material, usually recorded by one avid follower of the group who had attended almost every gig they had performed and for almost ten years, the We Know Where You Live story remains largely unchanged although versions or extracts from some tracks have also since appeared in later projects by Ange.

 

Interest in the group was renewed in April 2006 following the death of Martin Gilks in a road accident in London, England.  Martin's family opened an online book of condolences where friends, family and fans left messages about Martin and many people left memories of times they had met him and the groups he had been part of.  Having sourced a copy of a compilation of their demo recordings, Room 512's Rob Stokes investigated the possibility of releasing some of their material as a charity album with proceeds from the CD's sale going to a charity nominated by Martin's family.  As the plans developed, it became clear that people not only wanted to hear the group's labours in the recording studio but also their live performances.

In December 2006 the 2CD album, It's Nice To Be Nice, was released by the Room 512 website.  One disc contained demo recordings (including three tracks featuring Big Jim Ledbetter) with the second being a compilation of live tracks recorded at Manchester's Roadhouse in late 1995 and Windsor's Old Trout (right) earlier in the year - the latter closing the album as it was the final concert played at the venue before it was shut down to make way for a 'chain' pub.

Just 1000 copies were pressed of the album, with some copies being used for promotional purposes, and profits for the album were initially donated to the CARE charity at the request of Martin's parents.  After an initial donation, future profits were donated to a trust fund set up by Martin's parents for the benefit of Martin's children.  Copes of the album are available here.

 

Earlier in 2006, Ange Dolittle had formed his own group (Dolittle).  As well as performing new versions of former Eat tracks, the three-piece also included a number of We Know Where You Live tracks in the live sets including Me And Libby, Confessions Of A Thug, Made Of Water and Mental Hygiene.  The group released two studio albums, 'Hello To The Fortunate Few' and 'The Irrestistable Charm Of Baby Owls', alongside one live album between 2006 and 2013.  In 2014, Eat reformed with Malc Treece joining the group on guitar.