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Leeds, United Kingdom (2007 – present)

Alt-J (sometimes stylised ) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar, bass), Joe Newman (guitar, vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums) met at Leeds, UK University in 2007. The band currently resides in Cambridge.

Sainsbury studied English Literature; the other three Fine Art. In their second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his own songs inspired by his guitar-playing dad and hallucinogens, and the pair began recording in their dorm rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer on Garageband.

First as Daljit Dhaliwal and then as Films, the four friends spent the next two years playing around town.

Their eponymous first 4-track demo , was recorded with producer Charlie Andrew in London and showcased the tracks “Breezeblocks”, “Hand-Made”, “Matilda” and “Tessellate”. A 7” containing “Bloodflood” and “Tessellate” was released by Loud and Quiet on October 2011.

Their first 2012 release for Infectious was the triangle shaped 7” “Matilda” / “Fitzpleasure”, followed by “Breezeblocks” as an advance of their first album An Awesome Wave, released on 25 May 2012. That same year, they won the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize for An Awesome Wave.

On January 2014, Sainsbury announced that he had left the band. “Hunger of the Pine” premièred in June, as an advance of their sophomore album This Is All Yours released at the end of September.


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    29 Oct 8:49pm Reply
  • LostInTheHaze

    Just saw these blokes last night. If you're on the fence about whether you should go see them or not, go fucking see them. They put on an incredible show and their sound live is amazing.

    29 Oct 1:17pm Reply
  • mango4ever

    second album definitely grows on you. at first it was like what the heck this is so chill but its amazing just keep listening

    29 Oct 3:01am Reply
  • andrelinot

    caralho que cd foda desses caras

    29 Oct 1:01am Reply
  • tuwukee

    Hunger of the Pine - good as fuck :) and fabulous music video. LOVE their film director

    25 Oct 2:55pm Reply
  • Zombienation333

    About Pitchfork's review... what did you guys expect from a hipster-whatwesayisthefuckinglawandyousuck zine like Pitchfork? They've always sucked, if you're into music for love and not for trends you simply don't read Pitchfork. They're just a bunch of butthurt hipster journalist-wannabees who think they can make better albums than actual musicians. Ridiculous.

    25 Oct 7:01am Reply
  • Zombienation333

    Diggin the new album. I think it's pretty good, not as good as An Awesome Wave, but hey... pretty enjoyable. I think it's one of those albums that the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you. Time will tell.

    25 Oct 6:54am Reply
  • EricValeev

    Breezeblocks <3

    16 Oct 3:40pm Reply
  • BCDkey

    Quercki, так у тебя разве не говно в топе?

    16 Oct 12:00pm Reply
  • camiloei

    Bloodflood <3.

    16 Oct 12:22am Reply
  • nimityaka_

    "So... who's your profile pic?" LOL

    15 Oct 8:16pm Reply
  • hellointerloper

    To be fair, both Intros are damn incredible.

    15 Oct 4:47am Reply
  • Fendouille

    I've just bought the vinyl of the new album and i am so in love with the song ''Nara" and "bloodflood pt II" ! :D

    14 Oct 8:49pm Reply
  • jaymeexjizz

    v XD

    13 Oct 1:08pm Reply
  • garrow6

    The stats for "Intro" are way inflated, do they have to name two different songs the same?? Why Alt-J, why?? #scrobblerproblems [2] It should be one "Intro" song for one band's career XD

    12 Oct 9:22pm Reply
  • igiarmpr

    The stats for "Intro" are way inflated, do they have to name two different songs the same?? Why Alt-J, why?? #scrobblerproblems

    11 Oct 11:41am Reply
  • xavipvs

    Fucks me so deep and good!

    10 Oct 5:28pm Reply
  • Quercki

    ох и говно же, но многим нравится, поэтому слушайте ребята)) может меньше деградантов станет

    10 Oct 1:54pm Reply
  • hellointerloper

    So... who's your profile pic?

    9 Oct 10:54pm Reply
  • MyDay_Dream

    so ... who are they ?

    9 Oct 7:32pm Reply
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