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Original Band members:
Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom Green (drums).

alt-J are an alternative band from the UK, formed in 2008 by four friends who met at Leeds University. Having forged their own unique sound combining elements of electronic, folk and guitar music, the band recorded and released their debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ in 2012. Critically lauded, ‘An Awesome Wave’ won the Mercury Music Prize, an Ivor Novello ‘Album Award’ for songwriting and three BRIT award nominations. The album has now gone platinum in the UK and sold over 1,000,000 albums worldwide.

Gwil Sainsbury amicably departed the band in early 2014. As a replacement for Sainsbury, Cameron Knight became a support member for alt-J’s live shows, playing guitar, bass and sampler.

Their second album ‘This Is All Yours’ was released in September 2014 to rapturous acclaim, heading straight to no.1 in UK chart, no.4 in the US Billboard chart and subsequent top 10 positions in the majority of Europe. Now a three-piece, the band continue to excel as a genre-defying act, receiving nominations for ‘Best Alternative Album’ at The Grammys 2015 and ‘Best British Group’ and ‘Best Album’ at The BRIT Awards 2015, as well as selling out the 02 and Madison Square Garden Arenas.

Genres Indie rock, art rock, experimental rock, indie folk, folktronica, electronic


Studio albums

An Awesome Wave (2012)
This Is All Yours (2014)


∆ (Demo EP) (2011)
iTunes Session (2013)

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distance: 3,718 Miles
Address Leeds, United Kingdom

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