Category:English synthpop groups
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The following 64 pages are in this category, out of 64 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Bastille (band) – Bastille are a British indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a project by lead vocalist Dan Smith, but later expanded to include keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist Will Farquarson. The name of the band derives from Bastille Day, which is celebrated on 14 July, after an independently released debut single and a self-released EP, the band signed to Virgin Records. Their first studio album, Bad Blood, was released in March 2013, the band was nominated for four Brit Awards at the 2014 ceremony, winning the British Breakthrough Act. As of November 2014, Bastille have sold over 5 million records in the US and 2.5 million records in the UK, Bastille debuted in July 2010 with their limited edition 7 single that featured the two tracks Flaws and Icarus. Released through London-based independent record label Young & Lost Club, only 300 copies were pressed, one of those copies found its way into the hands of Alex Baker, presenter of the unsigned/independent artists radio show on Kerrang. Baker immediately started heavily supporting Bastille on air, and the band began to find an audience and this was followed by the self-release of the EP Laura Palmer later in 2011. After debuting further tracks online through sites such as YouTube and MySpace, in December 2011 Smith signed a contract with Virgin Records. The band also recorded and released a two part mix-tape titled Other Peoples Heartache for free, on 27 April 2012, their first official single release, Overjoyed, was released through Virgin Records, as confirmed by EMI on the 1st of May 2012. Following its video premiere in November 2011, popular music publication, the second single to be released from the upcoming debut studio album, Bad Blood, was the eponymous track, Bad Blood. An accompanying video for the single was released on the bands official VEVO channel on 29 June 2012, Bastille were also named New Band of the Day by British newspaper The Guardian in July 2012. The song charted moderately at number 90 in the United Kingdom, in August 2012 the band performed at UK festivals like Reading and Leeds, as well as supporting British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. They later played a headlining tour, titled Flaws Tour in October 2012. In November 2012, the performed at Hong Kongs Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival. Their third single, a re-release of their first 7 non-album single Flaws, was a success, earning the group their first position in the UK Top 40. The song Oblivion was featured in Season 4 Episode 9 of The Vampire Diaries in December 2012, in February 2013, Bastille confirmed the release of the fourth single to be taken from Bad Blood, Pompeii. The song was reviewed by critics, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and number five in the US. Their debut album Bad Blood was released on 4 March 2013, on 11 March, Bastille were announced to be playing at Leeds and Reading Festival in August 2013
2. Blonde Electra – Blonde Electra are a British pop duo consisting of British-German sisters Jasmina Jazzy King and Natalia Ruby King. They formed the group in 2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany, after leaving their previous band KING, the two sisters have been making music from an early age and have worked as songwriters in Europe and the United States. They are best known for their performances in the eleventh UK series of The X Factor in the Group category, the duo reached the finals and took part in the first live show. They have lived in London since 2014, on 6 February 2017 they registered the private limited UK company Toy Machine Limited at Companies House, with both sisters listed as the directors. All children were home-schooled and grew up under their fathers strict rules without being allowed toys or to watch TV or listen to popular music, Jazzy and Ruby King started to sing on the streets at an age of one or two at their fathers instigation. In 1998 they were offered a $4 million record deal by Word Records/Warner Music Group which was refused by their father because of the age of the children. The five siblings reunited in 2006 and started outside their fathers control the band King Family and they were soon given a record deal by EMI and published two singles and one album. In 2009 the band was invited to Nashville, Tennessee by Doc McGhee and they parted ways with EMI and renamed their band to KING. Their move from a ground in Cologne to Los Angeles in June 2009 was accompanied by a film crew and was broadcast in the series Goodbye Deutschland. Die Auswanderer on the German TV channel VOX, at the end of 2013, KING released the music video B. O. M. B. Directed by Nicholaus Goossen, in which Jazzy and Ruby King featured, after differences with their siblings Jazzy and Ruby King left the band KING and started their own group called Blonde Electric. They were based in Düsseldorf, Germany, at time and decided to move to England. They were earning their living with nannying and waitressing jobs and increased their combined assets of about only £150 to over £10,000 in only a few months. Blonde Electra were the first auditionees to be shown in the 2014 series and they performed the song Do It like a Dude by Jessie J and were accepted to go on with three yes votes from Cowell, Louis Walsh and Mel B and one no vote from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. At the bootcamp the group sang I Love Rock and Roll by Joan Jett and at the judges houses, which took place in Bermuda, they performed Gold Digger by Kanye West. During their time on The X Factor, the decided to change their name from Blonde Electric to Blonde Electra shortly before the live shows because the old name was too descriptive. According to Jazzy King the new name should represent who we are, when we think of Blonde Electra, we imagine a strong, independent woman that doesnt take no for an answer. Although the duo did not advance to the week, the choreography
3. Erasure – Erasure are an English synthpop duo, consisting of singer and songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke. They formed in London, and entered the scene in 1985 with their debut single Who Needs Love Like That. Following the release of their fourth single Sometimes, the duo established itself on the UK Singles Chart and became one of the most successful artists of the late 1980s to mid-1990s. From 1986 to 2007, Erasure achieved 24 consecutive Top 40 hits in the UK, while having three Top 20 hits in the US, A Little Respect, Chains of Love, and Always. By 2009,34 of their 45 singles and EPs had made the UK Top 40, at the 1989 Brit Awards, Erasure won the Brit Award for Best British Group. The duo are most popular in their native UK and mainland Europe, the band is also popular within the LGBT community, for whom the openly gay Bell has become a gay icon. To date, they have penned over 200 songs and have sold over 25 million albums worldwide, as a teenager, Vince Clarke was inspired to make electronic music after hearing Wirral synth band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. He went on to become a member of Depeche Mode. After leaving the band in late 1981, Clarke forged a similarly notable career with the duo Yazoo, after two hit albums in as many years, he split with Yazoo partner Alison Moyet and formed the short-lived project The Assembly with producer Eric Radcliffe. The project spawned a UK number four hit single, Never Never, Clarke then released another single with vocalist Paul Quinn, One Day. It flopped, leading Clarke to place an advertisement in Melody Maker looking for a vocalist for a new musical project and he selected Peterborough-born Andy Bell, Clarke had been Bells hero. Erasures first three singles were commercial failures in the UK, although the third, Oh Lamour, charted well in Australia and their debut album, Wonderland, was mostly recorded in 1985 and released in June 1986. Although it only made the UK Top 75, it made an impact in Germany. It was with the release of their single, Sometimes. The song peaked at two in the UK and Germany and spent many weeks in the UK Top 40, marking the beginning of a long string of major hits for the duo. The album remained on the charts for over a year, Erasures third album, The Innocents, was released in April 1988. Preceded by the Top 10 single Ship of Fools, the hit number one in the UK on its initial release and returned to the summit a year later. It also turned platinum in the U. S. generating two Top 20 hits in Chains of Love and A Little Respect, the Innocents was the first of five consecutive number one albums for Erasure in the UK, including the greatest hits compilation Pop
4. Goldfrapp – Goldfrapp are an English electronic duo from London, formed in 1999. The duo consists of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, despite favourable reviews and a short-listing for the Mercury Prize, their 2000 début studio album Felt Mountain did not chart highly. Goldfrapps second album Black Cherry, which incorporated glam rock and synthpop sounds into their music, was released in 2003, the album influenced the same dance-oriented sound of their third album Supernature. Supernature took Goldfrapps work further into dance music, and enjoyed chart success. The album produced three number-one US dance singles, and was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 49th Grammy Awards, Head First also earned the duo their second Grammy Award nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2010. Goldfrapp released their critically acclaimed studio album, the folktronica-influenced Tales of Us. Alison Goldfrapp began her career performing with Dance Company Catherine Massin throughout the Netherlands during her early twenties. Afterwards, she attended Middlesex University where she studied Fine Art, in the early 1990s, Alison served as a guest vocalist with the electronic band Orbital and trip hop artist Tricky. In 1999, she was introduced to composer Will Gregory after he had listened to a version of the song Human. Gregory and Goldfrapp felt a connection and subsequently wrote the track Lovely Head. Following several months of calls, they decided to form a musical band. In August 1999, Goldfrapp signed a contract with London-based record label Mute Records. The pair began recording their album over a six-month period, beginning in September 1999. The recording process was difficult for Alison and Will, who found themselves alone and disturbed by the mice, Goldfrapps début album Felt Mountain was released in September 2000 and produced the singles Lovely Head, Utopia, Pilots and Human. The album featured Alison Goldfrapps vocals over cinematic soundscapes and is influenced by a variety of styles including cabaret, folk. The album was received by music critics, which Pitchfork Media described as simultaneously smarmy and seductive, yet elegant. It reached number 57 on the UK Albums Chart, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, in 2001, Felt Mountain was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, an annual music prize awarded for the best British or Irish album from the previous year. The lyrics on Felt Mountain were written by Alison Goldfrapp and are abstract obsessional tales inspired by films, the song Oompa Radar was inspired by Roman Polanskis film Cul-de-sac, while Pilots describes travellers floating in the atmosphere above the earth
5. Hot Chip – Hot Chip are an English indietronica band formed in London, in 2000. They have released six albums, Coming on Strong, The Warning, Made in the Dark, One Life Stand, In Our Heads. The group has also nominated for the Mercury Prize. Early formative releases included the Mexico EP on Victory Garden Records, after years of self-releasing records, they signed with Moshi Moshi in 2003 and released their debut LP Coming on Strong in 2004. During this period, they were joined by Felix Martin and Al Doyle and they started working on their second album and signed a UK and US record deal with DFA Records and EMI. DFA and Astralwerks released their album for the first time in the US in late 2005. In 2006, Hot Chip released their album, The Warning. Now signed to EMI in the UK, the band gained mainstream appeal as well as the attention of critics. The album was shortlisted for the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize and was Mixmags Album of the Year 2006 and this album spawned also two UK top forty singles, Over and Over in March 2006 and Boy from School in May 2006. Over and Over received attention for its video, which was directed by Nima Nourizadeh. The band released their studio album, Made in the Dark. The first song to be released from it was Shake a Fist, the second release was Ready For The Floor in January 2008, which peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart. In order to promote Ready for the Floor, the band appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in January 2008, in February 2008, the band performed on the American talk shows Jimmy Kimmel and Carson Daly. At the end of 2008, Ready For The Floor received a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording nomination, on 7 May 2008, the group performed their third single, One Pure Thought, on Radio 1s Live Lounge. The hypnotic clip for One Pure Thought was selected as one of the best music videos of 2008 by AllMusic. com, having completed a world tour in February 2009, Hot Chip returned to London and began writing and recording their fourth album, One Life Stand. In early 2009, Alexis Taylor told NME that the band recorded new songs including Alley Cats, One Life Stand was released on 1 February 2010. Their self-produced fifth studio album In Our Heads was released on 11 June 2012 by Domino, Dark and Stormy has been since released as a non-album single. On 10 February 2015, the band announced their sixth studio album, the first single from the album, Huarache Lights, was released on the same day
6. Ladytron – Ladytron are an electronic band formed in Liverpool in 1999. The group consists of Helen Marnie, Mira Aroyo, Daniel Hunt and their sound blends electropop with new wave and shoegazing elements. Ladytron described their sound as electronic pop, some of the groups songs performed by Aroyo contain lyrics written in her native Bulgarian. Their name was taken from the song Ladytron by Roxy Music, according to Brian Eno, once a member of Roxy Music, Ladytron are the best of English pop music. Ladytron have released five albums so far,604, Light & Magic, Witching Hour, Velocifero. They also issued the live album Live at London Astoria 16.07.08 in 2009, liverpudlian producers and DJs Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu met in the 1990s. Hunt also founded the record label Invicta Hi-Fi and a nightclub. Wu trained in Industrial Design at Sheffield Hallam University and graduated in 1997 and he became an industrial designer at Team Consulting Limited, until finally going full-time with the band around 2002. Using the moniker Ladytron, Hunt and Wu recorded the debut single He Took Her to a Movie for £50 with the guest vocalist Lisa Eriksson and he Took Her to a Movie was released in July 1999 and gained positive reviews. In the summer of 1999, Hunt and Wu met the Scottish student Helen Marnie through various DJ gigs, Marnie and Aroyo joined the band as vocalists and keyboardists. Helen Marnie studied music at the University of Liverpool where she received a Bachelor of Arts in pop music in 1999, Mira Aroyo was a postgraduate research geneticist in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. In December 1999, Ladytron issued the EP Miss Black and Her Friends in Japan only and it was followed in June 2000 by the EP Commodore Rock and in October 2000 by Mu-Tron EP. All the songs from these EPs, except Miss Black and Olivetti Jerk, were included on their debut studio album. He Took Her to a Movie, Mu-Tron EP, The Way That I Found You, were all selected as NME Single of the Week, on 6 February 2001, Ladytron released the debut album 604 on Emperor Norton. The album was released on 26 March 2001 on Labels. It was re-released on 20 July 2004 on Emperor Norton and on 14 January 2011 /18 January 2011 /24 January 2011 on Nettwerk,604 has been written mostly by Daniel Hunt and co-produced by him and Lance Thomas. The singles released from album were He Took Her to a Movie, Playgirl. The single Playgirl brought some national and international attention to the band, until 2004, the band wore uniforms on stage