Alt-J is an indie rock trio made up of Joe Newman on guitar and lead vocals, Thom Green on drums, and Gus Unger-Hamilton on keyboards and vocals. From their formation until 2014, Gwil Sainsbury served as Alt-J’s fourth member, playing guitar and bass. The group formed in Leeds, England, in 2007 and put out their debut album, An Awesome Wave, in May 2012 in Europe and September in the United States. The album went on to earn the 2012 British Mercury Prize, as well as several other accolades.
Since the release of An Awesome Wave, the group has gone on to drop two more studio records and is currently promoting their upcoming fourth. Alt-J continues to toe the line between fine art, avant-garde indie pop, and arena-ready rock with ease, earning plenty of acclaim along the way. They’ve occasionally been compared to groups like Glass Animals, Arctic Monkeys, and Tame Impala, but they have a sound all their own.
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