Date and Time
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 8:30pm
ALT-J Alt-J are definitely one of the most exciting new bands to come out of the UK in recent times. Joe, Gwil, Gus and Thom’s diverse musical backgrounds have helped them to merge metal, hip-hop and classical choral music into an eclectic tour de force. On 19 June 2013, alt-J will be performing live at the Rockhal, amazing the audience with their enchanting vocals, pounding electro beats and fairy-like folk elements. 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 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. A unique name that goes with their unique, genre-bending sound. From Joe’s high soul cry and Thom’s refusal to drum with cymbals, to the sparse guitars and Gus' delicate key clunks on songs like “Bloodflood”, a neat sound-bite for ∆’s music is yet to be coined, and perhaps never will be. By challenging what constitutes folk, hip hop, indie and pop music, the band found themselves in the studio at the beginning of 2012. “An Awesome Wave” was the result and crash landed into the Top 20 whilst peaking at #3 on iTunes, making it one of the biggest debuts of 2012. An amazing first album by an indie act with little marketing spends. It caused a shockwave in the pop and r’n’b dominated charts and the release came with a plethora of amazing reactions. Their phenomenal rise continues with a nomination for three prestigious awards at the 2013 BRIT Awards. The nominations are for “Best British Breakthrough Act”, “Best British Group” and “British Album of The Year” for their debut album. Live, alt-J (∆) continue to go from strength to strength and have received raving reviews. The Independent called their recent show at London’s Borderline “rousing, melodic and rather magical”. Let yourself be hypnotized by their dreamlike music full of surprises, as alt-J will hit the Rockhal on 19 June 2013. Take it from us they’re going to be huge, miss them at your own risk!