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There’s no other J
It’s been a hectic 12 months for English art-rock quartet Alt-J, who have gone from obscurity to music press darlings and Mercury Prize favourites, thanks to their UK top 20 debut album, An Awesome Wave. Alt-J’s rollercoaster year continues with a US tour, which is where Hot Press catches up with the group’s keyboard player, Gus Unger-Hamilton. The previous night they'd played a show in Las Vegas, which, unsurprisingly, proved a somewhat surreal setting.
Paul Nolan, 23 Oct 2012
I mention that Sophie Sleigh-Johnson from fellow Infectious act These New Puritans is quite nice.
“I really like them, but we haven’t actually met,” notes Gus. “But hopefully at the old Christmas bash we can get chatting.”
So as Alt-J continue on their US tour, are they leaving a trail of destruction behind them a la Led Zep and Guns N’ Roses?
“We’re leaving a trail of goodwill and British politeness,” Gus laughs. “We’re not very rock ‘n’ roll.”
I suppose it didn’t do Radiohead any harm.
An Awesome Wave is out now. Alt-J play the Olympia, Dublin on May 3, 2013