Alt-J look set to take control at DQ


WHEN ALT-J were deciding on what name to call themselves, they chose well.

Frustrating as it is, the name stands out, as do the band.

The quartet met in their first year of a fine art degree at Leeds University.

“We are very creative and wanted to do something with music. We’re quite a visual band and wanted a name that reflected this so the ‘Alt-j’ name can actually be written by using the delta symbol, which has been really good for fans on Twitter and Facebook,” says the band’s Thom Green.

Alt-J are supporting Mercury-nominated Ghostpoet on his UK tour.

“It’s brilliant. And it’s all happened relatively quickly. We hadn’t played many gigs at all and then we played a couple of gigs in London, got a new manager and it’s taken off since then.

“Now we have more of a solid plan as to where we’re going.”

The band’s electro indie pop sound nods to hip-hop, rock and roll and even metal.

“We’ve got quite a range of musical preferences between us. And our music hopefully has good solid memorable rhythms.”

Songwriting is a group effort . “Jon, the singer, creates the basic song and then we all chip in or pull it apart. It takes quite a while.”

The band’s forthcoming tour is in support of their latest single, Matilda, which was released this week. Already the group have starred on the Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Nick Grimshaw shows and they bring their cauldron of indie pop to DQ, Fitzwilliam Street, tonight (Thursday, February 23).