About

Tim, Richard, Rob & Stephen

Embracing 80’s, 90’s and contemporary electronic musical influences they make danceable, melodic, synthpop songs for the masses. Live appearances have included Brockley Max (with Kumo and Rodney Cromwell) The Frome Festival, support slots for Chris Difford, Huey Morgan and Gene Serene (The Frixion), along with their own ‘Electrofied’ events at The Brunswick, Hove and Bennett Centre, Frome, where they have performed alongside Laugh Clown Laugh, Stereo Kela, Mëi, INVADR, Lorenz Attraction, Vida Futura, Andy Roid and Pixelstorm.

They say…

“Fantastic, authentic, melodic old-skool electro, reminiscent of Morodor and Oakey at their best!”
“Original synthpop with a strong 80’s vibe – Depeche Mode meets Pulp!”
“A full house danced to the bands twin synthesisers, with ace base and psychedelic effects to glam the night to a higher plain” 

Artists we like…

Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, John Foxx, Ultravox, Blancmange, Human League, OMD, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Soft Cell, Orbital, Underworld, Todd Terje, Moon Duo, BURG, Yello, Metamono, Talking Heads, New Order, David Byrne, The Doors, Blondie, Stereolab, St. Etienne, Cavern Of Anti Matter and lots, lots more….

Tim

Tim has recently been rescued from the quasi-religious cult known as alternative guitar rock; although we worry that secretly his heart yearns for 6 strings. As a songwriter and performer he constantly seeks beauty in darkness, both musically and lyrically.

Best electronic song ‘Love Action’ by The Human League.
Strongest musical influence: Martin Gore of Depeche mode.

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Richard

Known to many as ‘Mr Melody’ Rich is proud of the strong melody contained in the repertoire of the band. He has played many genres of music over the years but the electro vibe is where his heart is. He still misses his Vox Continental, ‘liberated’ from his garage several years ago.

Best electronic song: ‘Light & Magic’ by Ladytron. 
Strongest musical influence: Ray Manzarek of the Doors.

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Rob

One of the founder members, Rob has briefly played guitar, and even keyboards for one practice, before settling for the bass, and his beloved Hohner B2. Influences range from Talking Heads to the Rolling Stones. Like the rest of the band, he remembers the 80s!

Best electronic song: ‘Living On The Ceiling’ by Blancmange.
Strongest musical influence: David Byrne.

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Stephen

Stephen got hooked on electronic music from an early age after hearing ‘Oxygene IV’ by Jean-Michel Jarre. Kraftwerk live in 1981 sealed the deal, and although he has be known to ‘play a bit of drums’, his cherished Korg Electribe EMX-1 is rarely far away.

Best electronic song: ‘Bimbo’ by Yello.
Strongest musical influence: Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk.

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