AUSSIES FALL­ING FOR ALT-J

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

Alt-J’s brand of anti-mu­sic has worked well for the UK act in its seven-year ten­ure.

From jam ses­sions be­tween four stu­dents at Leeds Univer­sity, to win­ning the Bri­tish Mer­cury Prize, scor­ing mul­ti­ple Brit Award nom­i­na­tions and hit­ting the Triple J Hottest 100 charts, Alt-J has con­tin­ued to set it­self apart from the boom­ing in­de­pen­dent mu­sic scene.

Con­tro­ver­sial Mi­ley Cyrus sam­ples and in­trigu­ing live shows have made the band a popular talk­ing point on mu­sic sites, with a lot of “ei­ther love them or hate them” at­ti­tudes.

Re­gard­less of mixed opin­ions from crit­ics, the band has a voice of its own and a pas­sion for mak­ing mu­sic, all of which has made them a favourite on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited for Falls, we’ve had a good taste of fes­ti­vals in dif­fer­ent parts of the world and par­tic­u­larly in Aus­tralia with Laneway and Splen­dour,” says key­boardist Gus Unger-Hamil­ton.

“My favourites have been the big ones though, like Coachella and Glas­ton­bury, but the small ones are also equally re­ally fun to do.”

De­scrib­ing a 500-pa­tron mu­sic fes­ti­val over two is­lands in Europe, Unger-Hamil­ton says see­ing the world has been another band high­light.

“Com­ing to Aus­tralia was in­cred­i­ble for us. It’s so far away, it felt like you couldn’t get any fur­ther away from where we’re from,” he says.

“The first time we came out there in 2012, we had a fan­fare. They loved our mu­sic and loved see­ing us live. It was ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble.”

In terms of Alt-J’s un­de­ni­able band chem­istry, Unger-Hamil­ton de­scribes it as a “spark” be­tween the mem­bers.

“It’s what we en­joy do­ing most, mak­ing mu­sic to­gether, that and our con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions of course, but no it’s a bril­liant, re­mark­able thing.”

Joe New­man of Alt-J, at the Falls Fes­ti­val.

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