Their second demo was targeted towards the UK and generated interest from Lakota Records, an independent, Dublin based, Sony sub label, who signed the band in mid-1999.
Lead single, ‘October Swimmer’ was released in November 1999. To promote themselves, they were given support slots with The Dandy Warhols and My Vitriol. The band had their first hit with ‘Long Way South’ in May 2000, which peaked at number 68 in the UK. Later that year they played on the festival circuit in the UK including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds.
The band released their eponymous album during the summer of 2000. In their native Ireland, the album has sold in excess of 500,000 copies and reached number 16 on the UK Albums Chart. The album spawned four singles and they went on a promotional tour of Europe and the US supporting Coldplay and Embrace, before embarking on headlining their own shows.
The band’s second album, I to Sky, followed in October 2002, containing singles ‘Formulae’ and ‘Always and Forever’, and reached the Top 5 of the Irish album charts and the Top 20 of the UK Albums Chart.
In March 2003, bassist Hilary Woods left the band and Greaney and Matthews recruited Canadian born bassist Sarah Fox as her replacement. After a two year sabbatical, JJ72 announced their first tour with their new bassist in May 2005. ‘She’s Gone’ and ‘Coming Home’ were released in the same year, and were thought to have been singles from their new album which was never released, due to a dispute with the band’s record label.
They later announced they were splitting up after ten years together, stating personal struggles with their record label as the main reason.
Mark Greaney now performs both as a solo artist, and with a new band he formed called Concerto For Constantine. He’s also recording under another name, and is an artist manager, a college tutor and Head of Vocals in Modern Music.
Hilary Woods is a visual artist and is involved in her own solo project, The River Cry. Her debut album was released in 2013.
Sarah Fox played bass for a brief time for a band called Lluther and is now a London based graphic designer.
Fergal Matthews currently lives in Norway and plays drums for Blodhevn.