OK, there's no avoiding this: alt-J are named after the keyboard command needed on a mac to input a ∆ symbol into your document. Yes, really.
Still here? OK then you're in luck because they're also brilliant and one of the most unusual, interesting bands in the UK right now.
alt-J are Gwil Sainsbury [guitar/bass], Joe Newman [guitar/vocals], Gus Unger-Hamilton [keyboards] and Thom Green [drums] and they're due to release their debut album, An Awesome Wave, on 28 May via Infectious Music (These New Puritans, The Temper Trap, Local Natives)
Having toured with Wild Beasts and Ghost Poet, alt-J have spent the past few months crafting their quirk-pop into something truly special and with singles like their debut 'Tesselate' and both sides of the brilliant recent AA side Matilda and Fitzpleasure we're sure that the debut album is going to be something special indeed.
A UK tour is planned with two shows at London's African Centre on April 12/ 13 as well as festival appearances at The Great Escape, Bestival and Green Man.
Check out new single 'Breezeblocks' below and educate yourself on the wonderful world of alt-J.
alt-J tour dates
12 April Africa Centre, London
13 April Africa Centre, London
05 May Live At Leeds
11 May The Great Escape, Brighton
17 May Sound City, Liverpool
18 May Quay House, Manchester
24 May Academy 2, Dublin
25 May The Stiff Kitten, Belfast
26 May The Harley, Sheffield
28 May Arts College, Glasgow
29 May The Cluny 2, Newcastle
30 May The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
01 June The Cooler, Bristol
09 June Parklife Weekender, Manchester
20 July Tramlines, Sheffield
19 August Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
07 Sept Bestival, Isle of Wight
For more information visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.