Their fusion of rave and indie is one of the things that makes them unique, with a new album always eagerly awaited. Fans need not wait much longer
Ahead of the curve, this lot. The art rockers met at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 before heading south. Their self-titled album released at the beginning of 2012 won countless plaudits and a Mercury nomination. Their sound has been celebrated for its urban fusion, a kind of future pop, while surf-influenced songs such as Life’s a Beach pack a lyrical punch. Then there’s the art in the rock – the band’s shows are known for their close attention to visual detail, recruiting Kim Coleman for a recent European tour to create a near-psychedelic experience for gig goers. What’s striking, especially live, is the ease with which the group mixes different influences, many far-removed from rock. There’s funk, there’s electro, there’s blues. The band has now been invited by the NME to play in a UK tour that begins February 7 at Newcastle Academy and arrives in London at the Brixton Academy on 23. This will be on the heals of an Australian tour, with them heading state-side in June.