Wave Machines

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Wave Machines
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Wave Machines performing at Jodrell Bank Live on 2 July 2011
Background information
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres Art pop, [1] indietronica, [2] indie pop [3]
Years active20072014
LabelsNeapolitan, Chess Club Records
Associated actsPost War Years, Slow Club, The Flaming Lips, a.P.A.t.T.
Website http://www.wavemachines.co.uk
MembersTimothy Bruzon
Carl Brown
James Walsh
Vidar Norheim
Guitarist Carl Brown performing at Jodrell Bank Live Wave Machines at Jodrell Bank 1.jpg
Guitarist Carl Brown performing at Jodrell Bank Live

Wave Machines was an English art pop band formed in Liverpool in 2007. The band released singles "The Greatest Escape We Ever Made" and "I Go I Go I Go" on Chess Club Records before signing with Neapolitan Music Limited in 2008. Three further singles, "Keep The Lights On", a newly recorded version of "I Go I Go I Go" and "Punk Spirit" followed.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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Art pop is a loosely defined style of pop music influenced by pop art's integration of high and low culture, and which emphasizes the manipulation of signs, style, and gesture over personal expression. Art pop artists may be inspired by postmodern approaches or art theories as well as other forms of art, such as fashion, fine art, cinema, and avant-garde literature. They may deviate from traditional pop audiences and rock music conventions, instead exploring ideas such as pop's status as commercial art, notions of artifice and the self, and questions of historical authenticity.

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The band's debut album Wave If You're Really There was released in June 2009. It received favourable reviews from NME. [4] Clash (magazine) and Artrocker (magazine)

<i>NME</i> British weekly music journalism magazine

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<i>Clash</i> (magazine)

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<i>Artrocker</i> (magazine)

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The group has performed a number of live sessions on BBC 6 Music on shows presented by Lauren Laverne, George Lamb and Marc Riley, [5] as well as sessions on other stations for Huw Stephens, John Kennedy and Rob da Bank.

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The band performed live at Jodrell Bank Observatory for Jodrell Bank Live on 2 July 2011 alongside The Flaming Lips and British Sea Power. [6]

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The Flaming Lips American rock band

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British Sea Power English rock group

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Wave Machines won the 9th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop vote for best Dance/Electronica song "Keep the Lights On". [7] The video for "Keep The Lights On" was awarded best choreography at the 2011 UK Music Video Awards.

On 28 April 2012 the band revealed a taster from their forthcoming album Pollen called "Counting Birds" via their website.

On 22 October 2012, the first single from Pollen, "Ill Fit", was released and followed by the announcement that the album would be released on 21 January 2013. The album was recorded throughout 2011/12 at various locations starting at Sphere Studios in Battersea before relocating to Liverpool to continue at band's rehearsal room and eventually Whitewood studios. Pollen was co-produced by Lexxx. It was later mixed by Lexxx at Konk studios in Hornsey, North London.

Konk is the name of a recording studio and record label, established and managed by members of English rock band the Kinks.

Since dissolving Wave Machines, Tim Bruzon has worked as a writer and mixer on two albums for Belgian duo Arsenal, "Furu" (2014) and "In The Rush Of Shaking Shoulders" (2018) and plays in their live band. He also writes music for film. Vidar Norheim (drums) has released the EP, Blind Carbon Copy, with his solo project on Furuberget in Norway, Rallye Label in Japan and independently worldwide.

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