alt-J releases "This Is All Yours" (10/16/2014)
Hey, alt-J … this is all yours. The success, that is.
The English band's sophomore album, "This Is All Yours," bowed on September 22, 2014 on Infectious Records and immediately went to number one on the UK Official Albums Chart. The release marked the culmination of a six-month recording process which took place at Iguana Studios (the same location their first album was laid down).
The new project was preceded by the release of the first single, "Hunger of the Pine," which debuted on Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1 back on June 18. It was streamed later that day, and released as a single on the iTunes Store the day after that. The tune "Left Hand Free" was released to US radio on July 15 as the album's second single.
"This Is All Yours" received positive reviews from fans and critics, and its release was the catalyst for a North American tour that officially kicked off October 14th in Vancouver, Canada (and was preceded by a pair of dates in Melbourne, Australia). The tour appears it will wrap most North American dates by December 6th before continuing overseas in the New Year. The first concert scheduled on the 2015 calendar is at The O2 London on January 24, and continues with stops in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
The band is slated to return stateside once again with a headlining show at New York's famed Madison Square Garden on March 30. Phantogram is currently scheduled to be the supporting act on that show.
Alt-J ride "An Awesome Wave" to success (Created 9/19/2013)
The quirky quartet known as Alt-J has been turning heads in the UK for a while, and now that wave of popularity has extended across the pond and around the world.
Alt-J, also known as nothing more than the uppercase Latin symbol delta, came together in Leeds, England in 2007. All four members attended University together, and ultimately began recording in their hall's rooms with the software application GarageBand. The process ultimately influenced their sound in a big way, as they were unable to use bass guitars or drums during that process.
The guys (Joe, Gwil, Thom and Gus) ultimately recorded their debut album in Birxton, then spent two years rehearsing before signing a deal with Infectious Records. "An Awesome Wave" eventually bowed on May 25, 2012 and had traces of everything from folk and pop to hip hop and electronic heavy synth riffs. The album also contained a wild number of film and literary references from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Luc Besson's "Leon: The Professional" and Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."
Alt-J initially played as an opener for other bands, then later traversed the festival circuit in England. They finally landed a small headlining tour in the UK, which started on October 27, 2012 and played in Birmingham, Brighton, London, Oxford and Bristol. A full US tour followed in the spring of 2013. They are also expected to be a main stage act at the Rocking The Daises music festival in South Africa in October.
Alt-J to Take Arena Stage at MSG
It’s hard to believe that Leeds-based alternative rock group Alt-J made their New York City debut at the teeny-tiny Mercury Lounge (capacity: 250 people) just about two years ago. But those two years have been something for this band (a Mercury Prize and many a festival appearance helped) because they’re now set to headline Madison…Read more
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