Fila Brazillia are from Kingston Upon Hull in North-East England. They were formed in 1990 by Steve Cobby and David McSherry. Their name is explained thus: When Dave “Pork” Brennand of Pork Recordings (also Hull-based) asked them to release a track of theirs, the media’s “killer dog frenzy” was in full swing and a breed known as the Fila Brasileiro was the subject of a debate in the House of Commons. This was misheard on the radio by Steve, proposed and accepted for the single and eventually the name stuck. The track PlayMermaids was Fila Brazillia’s first single, released in Spring 1991.
They released six albums on Pork Recordings and after creating their own music label, Twentythree, a further four albums followed. Other releases include a various artists compilation in the Another Late Night series, which featured a new track of theirs, PlayNature Boy (a Nat King Cole cover), and a more dancefloor-oriented compilation entitled Another Fine Mess, as well as two double albums of Fila remixes commissioned by other artists and labels entitled Brazilification and B2. They have also collaborated with artists such as Harold Budd and Bill Nelson for the Three White Roses & A Budd EP and Djinji Brown on the Saucy Joints EP.
It appears that after releasing their “Best of”-album Retrospective (2006), a single (Neanderthal) and a final four-track EP entitled One Track Mind - EP in 2007 (these last two only available as downloads), Fila Brazillia quietly disbanded in 2008. Steve Cobby had formed the label steel tiger in late 2006 with Sim Lister. Over the course of 2007, the label saw various digital releases by J*S*T*A*R*S (Cobby and Lister), Peacecorps (Cobby and guitarist Rich Arthurs) and The Cutler (Cobby and Pork). Other projects of his include Solid Doctor and Heights of Abraham (with Lister and Jake Harries). Currently, David McSherry is an instructor of audio processes at the University of Lincoln. He has also recorded a solo LP as mandrillus sphynx.