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Alt-J (formed 2007)

Alt-J are a British indie rock outfit from Leeds who became popular with their 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize winning debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’.

Alt-J: Formation
Alt-J formed when band members Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/vox), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboard) and Thom Green (drums) met each other while studying at Leeds University in 2007. Gus was studying English Literature while the others did Fine Art. They first started recording in their dorms and used Apple software GarageBand to produce their music.
Having been through several name changes including 'Daljit Dhaliwal' and 'Films', they settled on Alt-J which is often depicted as the Greek symbol for delta which can be typed using the alt key and letter 'j' on an Apple OS X keyboard.

Alt-J: Musical Career
When Alt-J left University, they moved to Cambridge where they began further work on their music.
They signed with Infectious Records in 2011 and soon released their first EP (self-titled) in London which was produced by Charlie Andrew. It included the tracks ‘Breezeblocks’, ‘Hand-Made’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘Tessellate’. Their song ‘Bloodflood’ and ‘Tessellate’ were released on a single in October 2011 by Loud and Quiet.
They released their debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ in May 2012 which hit the UK charts at number 13. It was later released in the US on Canvasback Music and won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
In 2012, they supported Wild Beasts on tour and also made appearances at a variety of festivals including Latitude, Tramlines, Bestival, Reading and Leeds, End Of The Road, Milhões de Festa, T in the Park, Green Man, Pukkelpop, Lowlands, and Into The Great Wide Open. They are set to Australia’s Laneway Festival and the Reading and Leeds Festival in 2013 and their song ‘Buffalo’ (featuring Mountain Man) appears in the new movie ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.
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Alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine Single Review

27th June 2014 -

 Review

After bursting onto the scene in 2012 with the stunning Mercury Award winning 'An Awesome Wave', Alt-J faced the ever possible 'second album syndrome' with their next release. While their debut brought a both intimate...

Alt-J Return With New Album 'This Is All Yours', Plus UK Tour

10th June 2014 -

 News

Alt-J have announced their return with second album This Is All Yours - the follow-up to 2012's Mercury Prize winning An Awesome Wave. The new record will be released on September 22 through Canvasback and...

Halt-J? No Way - Mercury Winners Alt-J Will Continue Despite Gwil Sainsbury Exit

13th January 2014 -

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In an unexpected shakeup of one of 2013’s most talked-about bands, Gwil Sainsbury left Alt-J following their Mercury win; but that doesn’t mean the end for the now-three-piece formed in Leeds back in 2007, as...

Sony Music Announce 'BBC Top Gear Driving Anthems' Released November 18th 2013

8th November 2013 -

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Sony Music & BBC Worldwide have announced the release of 'Top Gear Driving Anthems', a triple CD album boasting 50 full throttle tracks of rock and indie anthems straight from the Top Gear playlist, including...

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2013: This Year’s Nominees For Album Of The Year

11th September 2013 -

 News

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominations have come round again, designed to celebrate this year's best British musical offerings. Last year we saw Alt-J with An Awesome Wave take home the coveted music industry prize and...

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20th August 2013 -

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It may be nearing the end of the summer but Leeds and Reading Festival 2013 goers don't have much to worry about in terms of the unpredictable English weather this weekend (August 23rd - 25th).The...

“This is Something Different” - Phoenix Close Lollapalooza 2013 In Style

5th August 2013 -

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As Thomas Mars – the lead singer of Phoenix – explained, "Usually on Sunday night people are really tired.” He was talking about festivals, and he was right, bit he and his band had something...

Lollapalooza Packs Up For Another Year: What Did Day 3 Bring?

5th August 2013 -

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"If they pull the plug on this song, you'll have to keep on singing," ordered The Cure's Robert Smith, preparing to play 'Boys Don't Cry' at the end of an ecstatically-received, hit-filled set. The British...

David Cameron Gives Romantic Mixtape To G8 Leaders, Who's On It?

31st July 2013 -

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Prime Minister David Cameron has promoted young British musicians by giving all the G8 leaders a 10-track USB stick containing songs from Alt-J, Conor Maynard, Laura Mvula and Gabrielle Aplin with a very prominent theme...

Lollapalooza 2013 To Be Equipped For All Weathers For Another Memorable Weekend

26th July 2013 -

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Get ready for a magnificent time as Chicago brings you another rollicking year of Lollapalooza with a legendary line-up of mixed genre music from The Cure to Mumford & Sons.Since it's revival in 2003, Lollapalooza...

As Fans Gather For 'T In The Park,' Police Crack Down On Drugs

12th July 2013 -

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The sun is shining, the line-up is terrific; T in the Park 2013 is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary with thousands of fans and seven stages. Performers during the three day festival will include...

Alt-J, Foals And Twin Shadow All Appear At Coachella After-Party Held At The Soho House

25th April 2013 -

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DJing at the Bacardi Coachella after party at The Soho House are DJ Whitney Fierce, Foals, Alt-J and Twin Shadow who talk about the festival's atmosphere and what it means for musicians both new and...

A Week In Music, Daft Punk Make Triumphant Return With Get Lucky, Chvrches EP Precedes Anticipated Album, Vampire Weekend Interviewed At Coachella

22nd April 2013 -

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A Week in Videos... Undoubtedly the most eagerly-anticipated video of the week comes from Daft Punk, who return to the scene with ‘Get Lucky.’ Featuring Pharrell on vocals and the legend that is Nile Rogers...

Emeli Sande To Add An Ivor Novello To Her BRIT Collection?

18th April 2013 -

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Emeli Sande may be adding to her growing list of accolades as she is newly nominated for two different awards at the 58th Ivor Novello awards.Her UK number 2 hit 'Next To Me' is nominated...

Will Alt J Add An Ivor Novello Award To Their Mercury Gong?

17th April 2013 -

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Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J could well be adding an Ivor Novello award to their collection of gongs, NME announced today (April 17, 2013). The band have been nominated in the Best Contemporary Song category...

The Blandest Brits In Years? Ben Howard Provides Only Real Surprise With Double Win (Pictures)

21st February 2013 -

 News

Last night’s Brits ceremony could well have been the blandest Brits in years. Aside from a frisson of post-breakup tension between Harry Styles and Taylor Swift (who took to the stage wearing a sexy black...

Sasquatch! Music Festival Sets Lineup For May 24-27, 2013 At The Gorge, Washington

5th February 2013 -

 Press

Sasquatch! Music Festival Sets Lineup For Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-27, 2013) At The GorgeFestival Passes On Sale February 9 (10am Pst) Through the official website.On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out...

Dermot O'leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2013

23rd January 2013 -

 Press

Exclusive Dermot O'leary Saturday Sessions Featuring Emeli Sande, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Alt-J, The Maccabees, The Xx, Plan B, Ben Howard, Robbie Williams And More!Released 18 February 2013On 18 February 2013, Sony Music...

Nme Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

22nd January 2013 -

 Press

NME is excited to reveal the nominations for its prestigious NME Awards 2013, which will take place on Wednesday 27th February at its brand new home, The Troxy in East London. Music fans have...

Alt-J Taken By Surprise By BRIT Nominations

12th January 2013 -

 News

Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J have been given their first BRIT Award nods, after being nominated for three awards: Best British Group, Best British Album and British Breakthrough.. Still, despite earlier success the band have...

BRIT Awards 2013 Nominees Announced: Diverse? Or Just Weird?

11th January 2013 -

 News

This year’s BRIT Awards nominations look as though they were concocted by a group of strangers, with wildly different cultural backgrounds, on a drunken night out. Is this a sign that the mainstream music world...

A Week in Music – Rihanna Disappoints, Cee-Lo Green And The Muppets Get Us In The Festive Spirit, The Rolling Stones And Paul McCartney

17th December 2012 -

 News

Albums of Note... Rihanna’s seventh studio album, Unapologetic has been met with a mixed response and our reviewer reckons the Barbadian pop star phoned this one in. As her career becomes more of a marketing...

Deposit Scheme for Reading And Leeds 2013, Featuring Alt-J, Deftones And Boy Better Know

29th November 2012 -

 News

It may still only be November but tomorrow (November 30, 2012), early bird tickets will go on sale for next year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, with Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J unsurprisingly featuring on the...

A Week In Music featuring: Jack White, DJ Shadow, Rita Ora, Aerosmith, Alt-J, Willy Moon And Much More!

5th November 2012 -

 Review

Music In the News...Jack White has been awarded an honor for musical excellence, from University College Dublin. The James Joyce Award was presented to the former White Stripes frontman, who is currently touring with Willy...

Alt-J's Mercury Music Prize Speech: We'll Nearly Pay Off One Student Loan

2nd November 2012 -

 News

Doing little to dispel their image as white, middle class indie kids, Alt-J pointed out in their acceptance speech at the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize that the £20,000 that they won could go towards...

Alt-j Dabbled With Drugs

2nd November 2012 -

 News

Mercury Prize winners Alt-J experimented with drugs after starting up the band while at university in Britain.The fourpiece, who scooped the prestigious honour on Thursday (01Nov12), met while studying at Leeds University in 2007, and...

To No One's Surprise, Alt-J Win The Mercury Prize!

1st November 2012 -

 News

Congrats to the Scotch quartet, Alt-J! The alternative indie act have pretty much been the favourite for the prize since the nominations were released, and now they have proven all their backers right. Despite having...

Mercury Music Prize: Field Music's odds plummet as ceremony looms

1st November 2012 -

 News

The winner of this year's Mercury Music Prize will be announced at a ceremony in London tonight, with British indie pop quartet Alt-J the bookies favourite at 6/4. However, an interesting market mover has sent...

Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2012: Our Predictions

1st November 2012 -

 News

As the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2012 draws near, we have a look at the shortlist and the likelihood of each act actually walking away with the prize. There’s no such thing as a done...

A Brief Run Down of The Mercury Prize Favourites

31st October 2012 -

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The Mercury Prize is set to be awarded tomorrow (1st Nov. 2012), and true to form and tradition, many of the artists in the nomination lists are ones that you may never have heard, or...

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