February '12 Discoveries


8. Apr. 2012, 15:36

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Spector are a five piece band from Dalston, London. Made up of Frederick Macpherson, Christopher Burman, Thomas Shickle, Danny Blandy and Jed Cullen

The band, who are fronted by former Les Incompetents and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man singer Fred MacPherson, will be supporting Florence And The Machine on their forthcoming arena tour. They will join The Horrors on the jaunt, which kicks off in March 2012

With an album due out in April they're definitely a band to watch out for and while we're waiting, why not give one of their tracks a listen below:

Just Hiss Elektrify Madonna Freak


The Asteroids Galaxy Tour


The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are not a band I'd usually recommend, but I am enjoying them. They are a psychedelic pop band which formed in 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The band currently consists of Mette Lindberg (vocals), Lars Iversen (bass, keys), Mikkel Baltser Dørig (guitar, keys), Miloud Carl Sabri (trumpet, keys) and Rasmus Valldorf (drums). Their debut album, “Fruit” was released in 2009 on their own Small Giants label. The band’s single “Around the Bend” was featured in an iPod Touch commercial in December 2008.

The Golden Age Around The Bend The Sun Ain't Shining No More


Alt-J (∆)


alt-J (∆)’s name takes a little explaining. Pronounced “alt-J”, the delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your computer keyboard and punch ‘J’ on a Mac computer. The symbol has a deeper meaning for the band, as guitarist/bassist Gwil Sainsbury notes, “in mathematical equations it’s used to show change,” and the band’s relatively new name came at a turning point in their lives.

Gwil, Joe Newman [guitar/vocals], Gus Unger-Hamilton [keyboards] and Thom Green [drums] met at Leeds University in 2007. Gus studied English Literature; the other three Fine Art. In their second year of studies, Joe played Gwil a handful of his own songs inspired by his guitar-playing dad and hallucinogens, and the pair began recording in their dorm rooms with Gwil acting as producer on Garageband.

Needless to say, the response to Joe’s hushed falsetto yelps and Gwil’s rudimentary sampling skills was good. When Thom was played the tracks he joined the band straight away. “I hadn’t heard anything like it,” he says. “It was music I was looking for, I just didn’t know I was. I just loved it.”

Gus completed the band’s lineup and together – first as Daljit Dhaliwal and then as Films – the four friends spent the next two years playing around town, developing a precise and unique brand of alt. pop that draws on poignant folk verses, crushing synths, smart hip hop syncopations and tight vocal harmonies. They dropped the moniker of Films in 2007, largely to avoid confusing the band with Californian punk troupe The Films. alt-J (∆) gave them a unique name to go with the unique ‘folk-step’ that they now concoct in the basement of a terrace house in Cambridgeshire.

Grab their upcoming album here. Alternatively have a listen to a track or two on their soundcloud, here.


Django Django


Django Django consists of vocalist and guitarist Vinny Neff, drummer Dave Maclean (a brother of Beta Band’s keyboard player John Maclean), Jimmy Dixon on bass and Tommy Grace on keyboards. They met at Edinburgh College of Art but formed in Dalston, London in 2008.

The band released their eponymous debut album in January 2012, combining 80s pop rhythms with 60s Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies, a style that some, rightly or wrongly, have labelled folktronica.

Grab their album at their online shop, here



Clock Opera


In their own words:
I remember at some point writing about an eclectic four piece avant pop group from various parts of the south of England called Clock Opera. I liked the group, and remember very well the first time that I heard them, when it occurred to me that even though I had never heard them before, they sounded like something I might have heard before, if, say, the first album by The Move was made by a four piece pop group that had been influenced by music not yet recorded. They sounded like The Move if they had come after Sparks, The Associates, 808 State, Yo La Tengo and Keudo. As these were among my top sixty favourite pop acts of all time, for their marvellous ways of controlling drama, processing influences and releasing tension, this meant Clock Opera sounded good to me. Good like the Dave Clarke Five as if they were influenced by Fifty Foot Hose, which would give you a sound somewhere amongst Edgard Varese leading The Archies and George Antheill producing XTC. That good.

Their debut album is released at the end of April and can be pre-ordered here

Once And For All Belongings A Piece Of String White Noise


  • ohyeahyeahyeahs

    Alt-J is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Spector tooooo,and I wanna know where to buy the glasses of Spector in the pic :)))))

    9. Apr. 2012, 9:51
  • randombob18

    Excellent, I'm glad you're a fan! Both great bands!

    9. Apr. 2012, 10:00
  • randombob18

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    9. Apr. 2012, 10:00
  • TheBGoodes

    Thanks for adding this to the fan page :)! All good recomendations here :D - We played the same stage as Clock Opera at Latitude last year. And yes they were rather good. And are excited to see Spector at PlayFest in June - Chevy Thunder is such a tune!

    11. Apr. 2012, 17:58
  • randombob18

    Thanks guys - you were in my first ever recommendations! Chevy Thunder is an amazing song, it's really why I discovered them!

    12. Apr. 2012, 16:53
  • itc87

    Nice, huge fan of Alt-J (∆) since the beginning of 2012.

    13. Apr. 2012, 11:20
  • dominicgeinosky

    Thanks for the recommendations. I'm a huge Clock Opera fan, and the rest of these bands, particularly Alt-J and Django, will round off an amazing summer soundtrack.

    26. Apr. 2012, 18:59
  • randombob18

    No problem buddy, glad you're using them :)

    28. Apr. 2012, 14:03
  • Machiventa

    Great list, but that Django Django album that everyone is rating highly is pretty boring to me. The Clock Opera and Alt-J (∆) albums are among my favorite albums of the year so far.

    17. Mai. 2012, 6:23
  • randombob18

    I'm with you on that count, both of those albums are amazing. I think with Django Django, you'll either love it, or think it average. Personally I loved it.

    19. Mai. 2012, 8:51
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