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30 seconds interview: Strobes

Original article from: http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/newmusic/30seconds/30-seconds-interview-strobes/

Ecstatic London three-piece Strobes have been tantalising eardrums around the capital since 2014 with their jittery electronics and frenetic pulse.

Their self-styled ‘mathrobeat’ was dreamed up by keyboardist Dan Nicholls (Squarepusher, Matthew Herbert), drummer Joshua Blackmore (Troyka) and guitar/synth man Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers, Heritage Orchestra).

It’s a sound designed to hold its own on a more forward-thinking dancefloor, while on headphones it worms its way into the depths of your mind with psychedelic persistence.

Sounding little like their respective bands, Dan, Joshua and Matt expertly revolve around feverishly modulating synths and scattergun rhythms, riffing on math-rock, post-rock and African polyrhythms.

With their debut album Brokespeak landing this Friday (4 November), we spent 30 seconds with the band to learn more…

We first started making music because…
Someone told us there was money in it.

We have been making music since…
Shortly before this gig was filmed (as our current line up) –

Our music is…
Hectic mathrobeats, electrified polyrhythms, crazy epic melodies, odd riffs, but all somehow making sense (we hope).

You’ll like our music if you listen to…

Some or all of the other bands we play in (but don’t necessarily sound like) – Three Trapped Tigers or Trokya… and bands that we don’t really sound like, but that critics will cite, like Battles or Noah. People might also hear anything from Steve Reich to Lightning Bolt in it!

Our favourite venue is…
Probably the last place we were: Mix’art Myrys – an amazing legal squat in Toulouse.

Music is important because…
It beats politics.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Not having to get real jobs. And people who are willing to be different.

Our dream collaboration would be…
With Border Community/Warp/other electronic luminaries, if only to finally put a stake through our collective jazz past and be accepted by the cool kids. Wait, is that contradicting our last point?

To try us out, listen to our song…
Spin. Total Mathrobeat anthem:

Brokespeak by Strobes

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Dan: a more responsible father.
Matt: school teacher.
Josh: life coach.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
Still friends if possible.

Strobes headline Birthdays, Dalston, London, on tonight (2 November)

Their debut album Brokespeak is released on 4 November through Blood and Biscuits.

https://www.facebook.com/strobesband/

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