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Indianapolis, United States (2004 – present)

Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s is a 6-piece indie-pop/orchestral pop band from Indianapolis, Indiana. The band, which was formed in 2004 by Richard Edwards and Andy Fry (formerly of Archer Avenue and The Academy, respectively), is currently signed to Epic Records.

Their debut album, The Dust Of Retreat came out in 2006. At this time, the band was signed to Artemis Records and had 8 members. In 2008 the band signed to Epic Records and (on 7 October) released two new albums, Animal! and Not Animal. The band originally planned to just release “Animal!”. However, Epic disagreed on their song choice, and compiled a different list, which would later become “Not Animal”. Eventually, after dispute over which version would be released, it was decided to release both at the same time.

In August 2009, 5 of the band’s members left. They are all involved in other projects, most notably Pravada.

While the band, and Richard specifically have given many explanations to the band’s name; this is all in fun. As the name was created as an anti-name; not meant to have any real meaning, just to make fun of other ridiculous names. The name “Margot” comes from Gweneth Paltrow’s character in Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums”.

The band’s sound, categorized as “chamber pop”, has been compared to the indie rock groups Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, and The Shins, while incorporating elements of singer/songwriters like Paul Simon and Conor Oberst.


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  • fazmuffin

    Finally listened to the new album. God damn this band got boring.

    29 Aug 2:29am Reply
  • colderskin

    this is a good band.

    26 Jun 2:37am Reply
  • nerdtardation

    Flying Saucer Blues is brilliant.

    20 Jun 6:01pm Reply
  • Dnwo

    Sling Shot to Heaven is just heavenly... their fifth studio album and they haven't let me down, not even once!

    28 Apr 9:55pm Reply
  • melodheadic

    I love you so fucking much. Thanks for getting me through high school, drug addiction, and all the other little dramas of life. COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITH OUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3

    9 Mar 4:16pm Reply
  • Mustard56

    This band is just so perfect! I feel so good whenever I hear one of their song. All the albums are great and I coudn't tell which one is my favorite. Can't wait to see them live one day!

    4 Mar 7:17pm Reply
  • dearmau5

    come to the northwest!

    1 Mar 10:49pm Reply
  • all-swim

    Sling Shot To Heaven is absolutely perfect. Kukawalkajuu, I have the Vivian Kubrick demo.

    24 Feb 9:03pm Reply
  • gallen013

    come to Europe goddammit!

    20 Feb 9:04pm Reply
  • kukawalkajuu

    so, this is probably unlikely, but does anybody happen to have the Vivian Kubrick demo? it used to be on soundcloud, but disappeared a while ago. it always pops into my head, and i'd love to hear it again!

    5 Feb 5:27pm Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    great live

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • fitear1590

    The Payphone Single... awesome! Looking forward to the new album.

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
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  • wicked_liz

    My god, "A Journalist Falls in Love..." is going to be one of my songs for the year.

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • waking_robots

    I was at the Bootleg too, and it was pretty damned fantastic. They really are just what you want out of a band bringing the album tracks to life. I loved it, and totally recommend catching them live to anyone with the opportunity. Dinosaur Feathers was a really great opener too. Unfortunately only saw literally a minute or two of the first act.

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • thrashdeth

    Oh man it was a perfect night last night best live show ever.

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • thrashdeth

    Fuck yeah seeing them today :)

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • wicked_liz

    Rot Gut is amazing, Buzzard had a few good songs, but I didn't love the whole thing. While their sound has changed Rot Gut is more similar to the brilliance to Dust in Retreat, Not Animal and Animal!

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • enigmatyzacja

    Buzzard is the worst Margot album , but still good <- agreed. Margot is awesome & every album has its specific climat and vibe, but the Buzzard's one is the least characteristic one I think. The music is still great though.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • opticalanomaly

    Buzzard is ok, but it's probably my least favorite margot album. rot gut was a lot more memorable right off the bat. Their new direction isn't nearly as enjoyable as their old baroque rock sound, but if Richard is really sick of it and feels like this is what he wants to do, more power to him. Their music is still enjoyable.

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
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