18+ (band)

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18+
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Alternative R&B
Years active 2011-present
Labels Houndstooth
Website eighteenpl.us
Members Justin Swinburne
Samia Mirza

18+ is an American band consisting of musicians and visual artists Justin Swinburne and Samia Mirza.[1][2]

History and career[edit]

Having met at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Swinburne and Mirza launched the 18+ project in 2011 under anonymous pseudonyms. Their first recordings, a trilogy of mixtapes entitled M1xtape, Mixta2e, and Mixtap3, were launched online under the anonymous titles of 'Boy' and 'Sis'.[2][3]

Much of the band's lyrical content concerns sex.[4][5] Mirza commented on this: "I don't ever think the way we represent sex is explicitly sexy; we're not trying to seduce. We're playing up to roles we still see in music today."[3]

In August 2014, 18+ released their first single, "Crow"/"Horn", on London nightclub Fabric's record label Houndstooth.[6] This was followed by their debut album, Trust, which was released on Houndstooth in November 2014.[2][7] Killian Fox, writing in The Observer, said of the album "Trust moves at a stoned pace, oozing sex and a glitchy sense of unease, though it’s never clear whether it’s critiquing its excesses or revelling in them."[8]

The band's follow-up single, "Dry",[9] was released on Houndstooth on 23 February 2015.

In January and February 2015, 18+ toured Trust in the US and Europe,[10] including dates in Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • Trust (2014), Houndstooth
  • Collect (2016), Houndstooth

Mixtapes[edit]

  • M1xtape (2011) - download only
  • Mixta2e (2012) - download only
  • Mixtap3 (2013) - download only
  • Fore (2016) - download only

Singles[edit]

  • "Crow"/"Horn" (2014), Houndstooth
  • "Dry" (2015), Houndstooth

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alone Together With 18+". electronicbeats.net. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Holslin, Peter (2015) "Is 18+ an Art Project or a Band? Maybe Both", LA Weekly, January 15, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015
  3. ^ a b Hillyard, Kim (2015) "Next Wave #623: 18+", Clash, February 17, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015
  4. ^ Maher, Amelia (2014) "18+ - Trust", thefourohfive.com, November 14, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2015
  5. ^ Carroll, Jim (2015) "18+: Trust", Irish Times, January 15, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015
  6. ^ Steph Kretowicz. "Next: 18+". dummymag.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Dazed. "Stream 18+'s succulent debut album 'Trust'". Dazed. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Fox, Killian (2014) "18+: Trust review – art-school R&B duo not quite as subversive as they think", The Observer, November 9, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2015
  9. ^ "18+ Announce new single Dry / Body". The version. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "18+ announce winter 2015 tour - Music News - Tiny Mix Tapes". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 

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