Category: Alt-J

ALT-J interview – Evening Standard, 8 Sept 2017

Back in 2011, when Alt-J were recording their debut album, singer-guitarist Joe Newman’s father popped down to the recording studio. He was so inspired by what he heard that he went straight to the nearest bookies, where he tried to put money on them to win the Mercury Prize the following year. “This would be a much better story if… Read more →

MERCURY PRIZE/ALT-J – Evening Standard, 2 Nov 2012

For the third year running, the bookies’ favourite has won the Mercury Prize. Alt-J’s debut album An Awesome Wave was on short odds even before the 12-strong shortlist was announced in September. Perhaps we should have let Paddy Power give the £20,000 cheque out back then and saved ourselves a lot of fancy puddings. This might be a sign that… Read more →

ALT-J – Evening Standard, 31 Aug 2012

Installed by bookies as 4-6 favourites to win the Mercury Prize weeks before the shortlist is even announced, Alt-J are rising at a rate beyond their control. At a time when the charts seem allergic to guitars, Radio 1 has embraced them on its A-list — there haven’t been many bands this hot since Arctic Monkeys. Now they’re trying to… Read more →