AUSSIES FALLING FOR ALT-J
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.