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).
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. Big Bang (British band) – Big Bang are a British electronic music duo that came to prominence in the late 1980s. The band consists of Laurence Malice and Iain Williams, based in London, the duo were signed to Swanyard Records and spearheaded the music genre known as big beat. Big Bang were formed during the part of 1988. Laurence and Iain had previously been in a band together called You You You along with the vocalist Karen OConnor and you You You gave their first concert at a secret location in Charing Cross Road, London, in early January 1987. So secret was the venue, members of the band have since forgotten what it was called, the show was arranged as an unannounced warm-up gig before their debut at the Camden Palace on 13 January. The band billed their first series of concerts as ‘Stage 1’ of their ‘World Domination Tour and their appearance at the Camden Palace attracted over 1,000 people on what the Met Office recorded as probably being Englands coldest night of the 20th Century. The band received an invitation to appear at The Party, on the bill were some of the best known names in the music industry including Elton John, George Michael, Bob Geldof, Meat Loaf, Ben E. King and Kim Wilde. The show was televised to over 100 million viewers worldwide, due to the volume of acts who performed at the event, You You You were allotted an appearance at the After-Party show held at a theatre in London’s West End. On 12 July, You You You made a guest appearance on the Channel 4 TV show Network 7 and their pop video for Head over Heels directed by Steven Chivers was premiered on the show and Karen was interviewed by presenter Magenta Devine inside a specially built caravan. On 17 December, You You You gave a special Christmas Show at the Hippodrome and it would become the bands last ever live performance. In February 1988, You You You signed a deal with Orinoco to record a single for Major Productions under the guidance of Orinoco Studios owner Tom Astor, the Lager Brothers - Ken Thomas and Zeke Manyika - produced two tracks with the band. In July the project came to a halt after Karen quit the band to concentrate on her acting career, soon after the split Laurence and Iain created Big Bang as a duo using session vocalists for recordings and live performances. The single You You You recorded titled How Can This be Love was never released, the track was penned by Williams and co-produced by Fiachra Trench and Iain Williams. The 9-minute recording based on repetitive chord structures was an experiment in producing a rhythmic, minimalistic dance track aimed specifically for the dance clubs. In 1985, Iain produced and co-wrote the single The Boys Were There released on the Fridge nightclub indie label, Latex Records, Big Bang signed to Swanyard Records at the start of 1989. The label was founded by Margarita Hamilton owner of Walton Castle and they released their first record on Swanyard Records in June 1989, an Arabic inspired version of the ABBA classic Voulez-Vous b-side Cold Nights In Cairo. It reached #101 in the BBC national chart, the single was produced by Big Bang and Steev Toth. Both 7 and 12 versions were released, the band used session vocalists on all their recordings
3. 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
4. Blue October (British band) – Blue October is an English synthpop/pop/dance band based in Essex, formed in 1996 by Glen Wisbey and Barney Miller. Their first album Incoming was released in 1998, on the US record label, tragedy was to strike suddenly as Miller unexpectedly died soon afterwards. In 2001 a second album, Preaching Lies to the Righteous was released with Ross Carter replacing Miller as vocalist, a third album, One Day Silver, One Day Gold was released in 2005 as a third member, Chris Taubert, joined the band. 2008 saw the release of their album from Walk Amongst the Living. Produced by Steve Travell, the saw the band push their sound further with the introduction of live drums. In 2010 Carter left the band, who have since recruited Chris Beecham as replacement, june 2010 saw the band start work on their, as yet, untitled fifth studio album. In addition to the releases, Blue October have appeared on a number of compilation albums, including the Microsoft Xbox game
5. China Crisis – China Crisis are an English pop/rock band. They were formed in 1979 in Kirkby, near Liverpool, Merseyside with a core of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly, China Crisis had moderate success in the United Kingdom in the 1980s with five Top 40 singles and three Top 40 albums. The band also achieved a modest level of success in Western Europe and Australia. Sharing an affection for Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Daly then spent time tinkering with synthesizers and a drum machine. Along with Lundon, Daly began writing songs, in June 1982, they backed Tom Verlaine at The Venue in London. The band were signed to Virgin Records and recorded their album, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think Its Fun to Entertain. A re-release of African and White became China Crisis first hit in the United Kingdom, the follow-up single, Christian, made UK No 12 in early 1983 and brought them to national prominence. The album peaked at No 21 in the UK Albums Chart, during this period the band toured supporting Simple Minds. Adding Gary Gazza Johnson and Waterboys drummer Kevin Wilkinson to the line-up, tracks included the singles Tragedy and Mystery and Hanna Hanna as well as the title track, Working with Fire and Steel, which became a hit single in Australia. The album was a Top 20 success in the UK, and China Crisis spent 1984 and 1985 making their biggest chart run, beginning with their only UK Top 10 hit single, Wishful Thinking, which peaked at No 9. Their third album, Flaunt the Imperfection, was produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan fame and reached No 9 in the UK Albums Chart in May 1985. China Crisis was so honoured to work with Becker that they officially listed him in the group as a quintet consisting of Daly, Lundon, Johnson, Wilkinson. Becker was living on Maui, Hawaii, when he was approached by Virgin to work on this project and he never formally appeared with the band and the subsequent tour featured new keyboard player Brian McNeill. Johnson was now credited as co-writer with Daly and Lundon, the album was promoted by the No 14 UK hit single Black Man Ray, which also enjoyed critical acclaim and international success. The follow-up, King in a Catholic Style, was a Top 20 UK single at No 19, a third release from the album, You Did Cut Me, stalled at UK No 54. They simultaneously released a compilation, Showbiz Absurd. In 1986, the band collaborated with producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley on What Price Paradise, which included Arizona Sky, all the band were now credited as songwriters. A second single from the album, Best Kept Secret, made UK No 36 in early 1987 and it was to be the bands final Top 40 hit single
6. Client (band) – Client are an English electronic music group from London, formed in 2002. They are most popular in Germany where they have had limited commercial success and their uniforms have become their trademark. Holmes is married to Alan McGee, in late 2005 a new member, Client E, joined the group. This is Emily Mann, who was a contestant on the Channel 5 reality show Make Me a Supermodel, an artist, Client E left the band in June 2007. In November 2007 Charlotte Hatherley joined the band as Client C, Client was the first act signed to Depeche Mode member Andy Fletchers record label, Toast Hawaii. They have toured with the likes of Depeche Mode and Erasure and have described as a combination of the Pet Shop Boys at their most commercial. Client have collaborated with several musicians and directors. Their video for Pornography was directed by French director Jamie Deliessche from video production company Schmooze and it features Carl Barât on vocals. The song Down to the Underground features Pete Doherty, also of The Libertines, the song Overdrive features Martin L. Gore of Depeche Mode. The song Wheres the Rock and Roll Gone features Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, Client have collaborated with Die Krupps, Moonbootica and Replica on selected tracks and also have done a special duet, Suicide Sister with Douglas McCarthy of Nitzer Ebb. It was announced in October 2006 that Client had parted ways with the Toast Hawaii label and it was confirmed in December 2010 that Blackwood had left the band and a new member was being recruited to front the band. In July 2011, Holmes announced that Xan Tyler—with whom Holmes formed the synthpop duo Technique in the take over live lead vocals for the band. However, this never came to fruition, on 4 September 2013, Client debuted the music video for their single You Can Dance, which introduced new member Nicole Thomas, known as Client N. Their fifth studio album, Authority, was released on 21 March 2014 on Out of Line Music, Client City Heartland Command Authority Going Down Metropolis Untitled Remix Live at Club Koko Live in Porto Live in Hamburg Client on Facebook Client at AllMusic