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Infadels in Brest, France, 2006
|Origin||Hackney, London, UK|
|Years active||2003 - 2012|
|Labels||Wall of Sound (UK)|
|Members||Bnann (Danny) Watts
Infadels were a London-based indie-electro band signed to the Wall of Sound record label. Their debut album, We Are Not the Infadels, was produced by Jagz Kooner and released in January 2006. A second album, the Martin "Youth" Glover produced Universe In Reverse, was released in June 2008. Their third album, The Future of the Gravity Boy, has been released digitally on March 19, and physically on June 9 2012. The album is produced by DJ and electro artist Alex Metric & Matt Gooderson.
Infadels were founded in 2003 by Alex Bruford (drums), Matt Gooderson (guitar, programming) and Bnann (vocals), who were joined shortly afterwards by Dead at Thirty founder Richie Vernon (live keys) and Wag Marshall-Page (Bass).
The band released two singles, "Leave Your Body" and "Can't Get Enough"/"Murder That Sound", on their own record label, Dead at Thirty. The awards for "Best Live Act" and "Best Dance Band" at the 2004 Diesel-U-Music Awards sealed a move to the Wall of Sound record label.
In January 2005, the Infadels headed into the studio with producer Jagz Kooner to record their debut album, We Are Not the Infadels. The band supported the release with an almost constant touring schedule with over 150 shows in 20 countries in 2006 alone. This included two UK tours, three European tours, two Australian tours, a number of shows in the USA & China and 35 festival dates.
The band's second album, Universe In Reverse, was released in June 2008 and written largely by Bnann Watts and Matt Gooderson, and produced by Martin "Youth" Glover (Verve, Guns ’n’ Roses, Depeche Mode). "Play Blind", the first material from the second album, was given away for free as a limited-time download in February 2008. Next single "Make Mistakes", was released in April, and "Free Things For Poor People" was released in June 2008, reaching No. 1 on the UK Indie Singles Charts.
On Tuesday the 17th of June, the band threw several thousand pounds from an office window in central London in celebration of their own "Free Things Day". The day was brought to an early close when the band and their fans were cautioned by the police. On Monday the 19th of August they were voted best band at the 2008 Lowlands festival by the Dutch public ahead of Editors and N.E.R.D.
In November 2009 a new track, "Ghosts" was aired on Radio 1 by Alex Metric and backed up rumours of a return to the dance inspired sound of their debut album We Are Not The Infadels. Following this, Alex Metric offered to produce their next record. In January 2010, the band confirmed that Metric would indeed be on production duties for new LP The Future of the Gravity Boy.
The band released a video for "From Out Of The Black Sky" in July 2012. This would be the last video the band would make, as on 1 September 2012 the band announced via Twitter that they had disbanded.
- Bnann (Danny) Watts – vocals
- Matt Gooderson – guitars/programming
- Wag (Wayne) Marshall-Page – bass (half of Banks & Wag)
- Richie Vernon – live keys
- Alex Bruford – drums (son of Bill Bruford)
- We Are Not the Infadels (30 January 2006)
- Universe In Reverse (23 June 2008)
- The Future of the Gravity Boy (19 March 2012)
- "Leave Your Body" (Autumn 2003)
- "Can't Get Enough"/"Murder That Sound" (3 May 2004) UK No. 43
- "Jagger '67" (26 September 2005)
- "Give Yourself to Me (Reality TV)" (25 April 2005)
- "Can't Get Enough" (23 January 2006)
- "Love Like Semtex" (5 June 2006)
- "Girl That Speaks No Words" (9 October 2006)
- "Make Mistakes" (21 April 2008)
- "Free Things For Poor People" (16 June 2008) UK No. 52
- "A Million Pieces" (1 September 2008)
- "Ghosts" (19 April 2010)
- "From Out Of The Black Sky" (2012)
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