Late of the Pier
Late Of The Pier, all just into their twenties and comprising Sam (vocals, guitar), Ross (drums, percussion, believer), Faley (bass) and Potter (synths, sampler), formed somewhere in the mists of 2005, inspired by underage trips to Nottingham's Liars Club where all four band members would often be found on the dancefloor, It was here that they witnessed early performances form the likes of Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Cut Copy, Art Brut and The Scissor Sisters while absorbing the wide spectrum of sounds provided by DJs such as Erol Alkan and DJ Hell.
The band had always loved the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Magazine but it was the Liars Club that taught Late Of The Pier to dance. And it's in this place, where the past meets the future and analogue meets digital that Late Of The Pier found their sound.
Over the next twelve months however, it was another club - this time some 120 miles down the M1 - that Late Of The Pier really began to make a name for themselves. They made their debut appearance at West London's all ages Way Out West night - since dubbed "the UK's most exciting new club night" by NME - in March 2006, and an instant rapport was struck up between the band, the promoter and the punters. Following a series of riotous gigs in the capital, Late Of The Pier prepared to release their debut single on Way Out West Records.
The self-produced Space And The Woods came out in March 2007 and was the first of two brilliantly-unique singles that would light up the year and gleefully dance all over the boundaries between genres. It sold out of a limited run of 500 7" vinyl copies within days, receiving plaudits of critics and fans alike. It also caught the ear of one Erol Alkan, who quickly agreed to produce the band's next single.
Following show-stealing performances at the Underage Festival, Field Day and the Reading & Leeds Festivals, the Erol-produced Bathroom Gurlge took Late Of The Pier's sound to another level, brilliantly showcasing these dark and chaotic hedonists' brand of confrontational pop music. Erol showered the band with praise - "they're just the most exciting new band out there at the moment, they are THE most exciting band around, of any age" - while Radio 1 span the single everywhere from their specialist to daytime shows, NME named Bathroom Gurgle 'Single Of The Week' and the band received plaudits from the dance, indie and rock worlds.
Now, having established their own label - Zarcorp - through Parlophone Records, Late Of The Pier have set about recording a soon-to-be-landmark album that is set to see them burn even brighter.