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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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  • MakBoo


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  • gorpan

    Bloodflood, Part II is absolutely brilliant song.

    Yesterday 7:49am Reply
  • camiloei

    This is all yours <3

    Yesterday 3:23am Reply
  • finalesfunkeln

    Who cares about Pitchfork anyway ?

    Yesterday 7:22pm Reply
  • Markizo4ka

    please like it

    Yesterday 2:56pm Reply
  • yolatenga

    seriously people, this album like all classics needs patience, if you are looking for an album to hit you after 1 or 2 listens, just buy some commercial crap. This is a revelation...onwards and upwards for Alt-J...we need many more bands like this to preserve the art in music.

    30 Sep 10:28am Reply
  • BLiZZARD___

    Please like my facebooksite:

    30 Sep 7:49am Reply
  • Toop6

    Ahah, just read the Pitchfork review, which reconfirmed that almost everything write is pretentious, contrarian garbage. You know you are snob when you go out of your way to bash other bands in an already negative review. I don't listen to The 1975, but that paragraph highlights the apparent pleasure the reviewer gets from putting down a musician. Reviews may just be opinion, but talk about going out of your way to put something down.

    29 Sep 1:24pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Such a awful album. Their debut was decent though.

    29 Sep 12:24pm Reply
  • terwantom

    I hated their new album instantly. But after giving it a few listens it grew on me. The songs are dark yet surprisingly peaceful. The atmosphere created within the album is wonderful, the lyrics are smart and very playfully written. Love it.

    29 Sep 11:28am Reply
  • Fioristella

    TIAY <3 [2] Not so bad as described by Pitchie.

    29 Sep 12:50am Reply
  • Packiesla

    Why are people suddenly getting butthurt about Pitchfork? Their opinion has never been relevant.

    28 Sep 5:18pm Reply
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  • barabulatina

    The first album is so much more energetic. This sounds like a dead music for me. There`s nothing original in these songs. They are too slow and shapeless. I really don`t know why I keep listening to this album...

    27 Sep 9:07pm Reply
  • John__Lemon

    The pitchfork review was stupid, but I really don't like the new album, it's just so anonymous compared with an awesome wave. Nowhere near as cohesive, it seems to lack inspiration and movement. Apparently it took them five years to write their debut?mmaybe they should've taken another five

    27 Sep 10:47am Reply
  • sbarretts

    Pusher's such a pretty song.

    26 Sep 7:14pm Reply
  • madame7383

    My love for you is higher than the heavens, deeper than Hades, and broader than the earth. It has no limits, no bounds. Everything must have an ending except my love for you.

    26 Sep 7:12pm Reply
  • thatsmaathilde

    TIAY <3

    26 Sep 5:21pm Reply
  • Windowplane

    great new record!

    26 Sep 5:09pm Reply
  • cassey_connors

    Arrival in Nara is beautiful. so happy to be here.

    26 Sep 2:35pm Reply
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