Main (band)

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Main
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Hampson performing in 2010
Background information
Origin Britain
Genres Post-rock, drone, dark ambient
Years active 1991 – present
Labels Situation Two, Beggars Banquet Records, Sub Rosa, K-Raa-K, Staalplaat
Associated acts Loop, Robert Hampson, The Hair and Skin Trading Company
Members Robert Hampson
Stephan Mathieu
Past members Scott Dowson

Main were a British band formed in 1991 by guitarists Robert Hampson and Scott Dowson, both formerly of the English rock band Loop. Drawing on that group's experimentation with drones and guitar texture, the duo moved further into ambient sound, eventually abandoning traditional percussion and rhythm altogether. [1] They released a number of albums and EPs to critical praise in the 1990s. Dawson left the group in 1996.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Robert Hampson British guitarist

Joshua Robert Hampson is an English musician and composer, known primarily as a guitarist in the band Loop, which he co-founded in London in 1985 with his then-girlfriend Becky "Bex" Stewart. Loop recorded three albums, the last of which, A Gilded Eternity (1990), made the UK album charts. Following the band's breakup, Hampson formed the experimental project Main with Scott Dawson.

Loop (band) South London band

Loop are an English rock band, formed in 1986 by Robert Hampson in Croydon. The group topped the UK independent charts with their albums Fade Out (1989) and A Gilded Eternity (1990). Their dissonant "trance-rock" sound drew on the work of artists like the Stooges and Can, and helped to resurrect the concept of space rock in the late 1980s.

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In 2006, Hampson announced that Main had effectively been disbanded in favour of his solo work. In October 2010, he announced that he would be reactivating Main as a more collaborative process with other sound artists. [1] In 2011, the German composer Stephan Mathieu joined Hampson for a current incarnation of the project.

Stephan Mathieu is a German musician and sound artist whose work is based on digital and analog processing techniques. He currently lives and works in Bonn, Germany.

Discography

Singles, EPs

Albums

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References

  1. 1 2 Ankeny, Jason. "Main – Biography". AllMusic . Retrieved 15 March 2017.