Drummer James Crossley, and guitarist / singer Chris Corney met in Peterborough (UK) in 1999, when Chris joined Powerpop / new wave band ‘The Contrast’.
James was an established drummer on the Cambridge scene, having played, and had some success in bands such as ‘The Stormed’.
Chris came from a more ‘indie-britpop’ background. In his late teens, his band ‘Sherbet’ supported notable acts such as ‘Ocean Colour Scene, Shed Seven & Adorable’.
After a year or so, they decided to part ways with The Contrast and form a new band – The Ravines, to cater for Chris’ ever-growing catalogue of songs.
While recording The Contrast's debut album in Peterborough, they met producer & bassist Andy Hawkins, who they would go on to work with recording the debut Ravines album ‘Manifesto Of A Broken Heart’ in 2005. This album was heard by Martin Costello and Jonathon Kyte at Complete Music Publishing (then, the biggest independent music publishers in the UK), who offered Chris a publishing deal off the strength of the album.
The Ravines played numerous shows and festivals until 2007 when they took a hiatus. During this time Chris released 3 critically acclaimed solo albums and played a host of shows to promote them. Chris was also asked to play bass in UK rock band The Quireboys for the following year.
Now in 2015, The Ravines have been back in the studio, working once again with Andy Hawkins, recording their long overdue second album.. which is available now.