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Formed in 2007, alt-J took its name from the keyboard shortcut to get to ∆,the Greek letter delta, on Macintosh computers. In mathematical equations, delta is used to show change, so the members of alt-J used the name to signify a turning point in all of... ... read more

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alt-J (∆) Breezeblocks
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alt-J (∆) Breezeblocks 1,003,209 views
alt-J (∆) Fitzpleasure 434,490 views
Alt-J (∆) - Matilda 328,529 views
Alt-J (∆) - Taro 114,183 views
Alt-J - "Tessellate" (Official Video) 200,829 views
alt-J - Tessellate [OFFICIAL VIDEO] 72,085 views
Alt J - Tessellate (Live at the Africa Centre) 47,126 views
Tessellate- ∆ (AKA Alt-j) 35,729 views

alt-J Bio

alt-J

Formed in 2007, alt-J took its name from the keyboard shortcut to get to ∆,the Greek letter delta, on Macintosh computers. In mathematical equations, delta is used to show change, so the members of alt-J used the name to signify a turning point in all of their lives with the formation of the band.

The British indie rock quartet was formed when lead singer Joe Newman and guitarist/bassist Gwil Sanisbury met at Leeds University in 2007. The two students began recording funky tracks in their dorm rooms on Garageband while under the influence of select hallucinogens.

Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums) soon joined the band, and alt-J played around Leeds, first under the name Daljit Dhaliwal and then under Films, developing a unique brand of alternative pop that draws on folk, crushing synths, hip-hop, and vocal harmonies.

alt-J’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, was released in mid-2012 and has since been certified as a gold album in the UK. The album topped various charts and reached number one on the UK indie albums chart and the Irish independent albums chart, powered by the singles “Breezeblocks,” “Matilda/Fitzpleasure,” “Tessellate,” and “Something Good.”

alt-J performances are some of the most exciting new shows around. The band is a Mercury Prize winner and continues to win over audiences worldwide. Be sure to buy your alt-J tickets as soon as possible.

alt-J User Comments

Emma L. Apr 22, 2013
Indie/folk masters Alt-J are one of the best bands to rise up to fame in recent years. I managed to bag a ticket for an intimate gig in a small box room in Covent Garden 12-months before they were crowned winners of the Mercury Awards for their debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’. From the first lyrics, huskily sung by lead singer Joe Newman, it was clear this quartet was destined for big things. Despite a basic room and just the four guys Joe, Gwil Sainsbury , Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green being alone on a dark empty stage, with no dazzling lights or impressive sound system, they still managed to blow the crowd away with their bold songs. They experimented not just with their united choruses that spring up on the majority of their 13-track album, but also with their swirling electronics and gentle keyboard notes. Their finale, and my personal favourite, was Matilda. Hearing it live is an even more powerful experience than on a CD. The heart-felt lyrics, accompanied by the gentle drumming, eerie acapellas and light strumming of the guitar make for a truly beautiful track. Anyone wanting to hear the band live should check out their tour dates above as I predict they are only going to excel along their already fast route to stardom.
Victor H. Dec 19, 2012
Heard Fitzpleasure by alt-J on the radio today and thought the song was great. Their album is definitely worth a listen.
Brett C. Dec 13, 2012
I saw alt-J at The Fonda last night, and I can’t stop listening to them! Named after the Apple keyboard shortcut for ∆ (go ahead and try it Mac users), alt-J play a kind of experimental indie rock that I would best describe as The XX meets Radiohead, though that comparison doesn't do their truly unique sound justice. Their shows aren’t lively mosh-fests, but rather the kind of show where the music washes over you as you dance or nod your head in place. This isn’t necessarily a band thing, especially with a band as talented and as tight as they are; there wasn’t a still person in the room last night while they were on stage. It was really fun to just hear their songs live and see how some of their lush sounds are recreated live. The quartet’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, won the 2012 Mercury Prize, given to the best album from the UK or Ireland released during the year (past winners include The XX, PJ Harvey, and Arctic Monkeys), and it’s easy to see why this is only the beginning for this talented band from Leeds.

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