Appliance (band)

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Genres Post-rock
Years active 1995–2003
Labels Mute
Website Appliance's Facebook page. Soundcloud page
Members James Brooks
Michael Parker
David Ireland

Appliance were a British experimental post-rock three piece, made up of James Brooks (guitar), David Ireland (percussion) and Michael Parker (bass).[1] Original bass player Stuart Christie left in 1995 to form Harmony 400.

They released three 10" vinyl EPs on various independent record labels, including their own self-financed Surveillance Records, before signing with Daniel Miller's Mute Records in 1998.

On the Mute label they released four studio albums; Manual (1999), Six Modular Pieces (2000), Imperial Metric (2001) and Are You Earthed? (2003). Their music was inspired by Krautrock, a 1970s Germanic experimental movement involving minimalist song structures, mantra-like rhythms and drones. Championed by John Peel, the band recorded four Peel Sessions during their career,[2] and one in 2003 for Jeff Cooper's radio2XS. They toured live in Europe and the UK with, amongst others; Add N to X, Goldfrapp, Snow Patrol, Six By Seven, Hefner and Wire. The band have not performed or recorded since the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2003.

In October 2010, the band released Appliance, Reconditioned, a retrospective 3-CD boxed set of early recordings, unreleased material and Peel sessions on the RROOPP label.[3]

In 2011, guitarist James Brooks, as Land Observations, released the EP "Roman Roads" on Enraptured Records. He has since released the albums Roman Roads IV–XI (2012) and The Grand Tour (2014) on Mute Records.


Early EPs and singles
  • Organised Sound EP, (1997, Surveillance)
  • Into Your Home EP, (1997, Plastic Cowboy)
  • "Outer" / "Rev A" 7" single, (1998, Earworm)
  • Time and Space EP, (1998, Enraptured Records)
  • Manual (1999, Mute)
  • Six Modular Pieces (2000, Mute)
  • Imperial Metric (2001, Mute)
  • Are You Earthed? (2003, Mute)

Full Mute discography

Compilation album
  • Appliance, Reconditioned (2010, RROOPP)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 September 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  2. ^ Radio 1 Peel Sessions
  3. ^ "RROOPP". RROOPP. Retrieved 2012-04-01.