Broadcast (band)

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Broadcast performing at Sónar Galicia in A Coruña, Spain in June 2010
Background information
Origin Birmingham, England
Genres Indie electronic, dream pop, neo-psychedelia
Years active 1995–present
Labels Wurlitzer Jukebox, Duophonic, Warp, Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.
Associated acts Hayward Winters, Seeland, The Focus Group
Members James Cargill
Past members Trish Keenan (deceased)
Steve Perkins
Tim Felton
Roj Stevens
Keith York
Phil Jenkins
Jeremy Barnes
Neil Bullock

Broadcast are an indie electronic band, founded in Birmingham, England in 1995. The band has released three albums as well as several EPs, singles and EP collections.

Broadcast's original members were Trish Keenan (vocals), Roj Stevens (keyboards), Tim Felton (guitar), James Cargill (bass) and Steve Perkins (drums). Various other drummers played with the band, including Keith York, Phil Jenkins, Jeremy Barnes and Neil Bullock. As of 2005, the group consisted of the duo of Keenan and Cargill. Following the 2011 death of Keenan, Cargill remained as the only member.


Keenan (formerly of folk duo Hayward Winters) and Cargill met in the mid 1990s at the Sensateria psychedelic club, and formed Pan Am Flight Bag in 1995, renamed Broadcast after several concerts.[1]

The band's first releases, both in 1996, were the "Accidentals" 7" single (issued on Wurlitzer Jukebox Records) and The Book Lovers EP (issued on 25 November by Duophonic Records). They attracted the attention of Warp Records, who compiled the single and EP as a compilation album, Work and Non Work, issued on 10 November 1997.

The 1999 Broadcast track "You Can Fall" was included on the soundtrack album Morvern Callar, released by Warp in 2002. This soundtrack accompanied the Lynne Ramsay film Morvern Callar, based on the Alan Warner book of the same name.

The group's debut studio album, The Noise Made by People, was released by Warp on 20 March 2000; the band also issued two EPs that year, Extended Play and Extended Play Two.

Second album Haha Sound was released on 11 August 2003, preceded by two EPs, Microtronics Volume 01: Stereo Recorded Music for Links and Bridges and Pendulum. Felton departed after Haha Sound to form a new project, Seeland, with Billy Bainbridge (formerly of another Birmingham Warp act, Plone), leaving Broadcast as a duo of Keenan and Cargill, who released their third album, Tender Buttons, on 19 September 2005.

Warp issued a second compilation of B-sides and rarities, The Future Crayon, on 21 August 2006.

In October 2009, Broadcast released a collaborative album with the Focus Group (aka graphic designer and Ghost Box label co-owner Julian House) called Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age. In late 2009, their song "I Found the F" was covered by Gravenhurst on the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation.

The band was chosen by Matt Groening to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival he curated in May 2010 in Minehead, Somerset, England.

Keenan died on 14 January 2011 at the age of 42, following complications with pneumonia, which she suffered from after earlier contracting H1N1.[2][3][4]

Broadcast were credited with providing the soundtrack Berberian Sound Studio for Peter Strickland's 2012 film of the same name; the soundtrack was released 7 January 2013.

Cargill, the sole remaining member, revealed in an 2011 interview with Under the Radar that a new Broadcast album was in the works, featuring vocals recorded by Keenan before her death.[5][6] This was confirmed by Cargill in an interview in the April 2013 edition of Shindig! magazine, although as of 2016, the album has not been released.


The band's style, a mixture of electronic sounds and Keenan's 1960s-inspired vocals, was heavily influenced by the 1960s American psychedelic group The United States of America,[7] using many of the same electronic effects. It was also reminiscent of Stereolab.[8] However, despite the similar musical pedigree, Broadcast's music is often darker and edgier in sound – with amorphous samples and analogue dissonance giving it a retro-futuristic sci-fi edge.


Main article: Broadcast discography


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  2. ^ "Broadcast: A Statement". Warp Records. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Bychawski, Adam (14 January 2011). "Broadcast's Trish Keenan dies after contracting pneumonia". NME. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Griffiths, Ian J; Goff, Daffyd (14 January 2011). "Broadcast singer Trish Keenan dies after suffering pneumonia | Music". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Everhart, John (23 November 2011). "James Cargill Working on New Broadcast Album with Trish Keenan Vocals Recorded Before Her Passing". Under The Radar. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Broadcast Working on New Album". Pitchfork. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Paphides, Peter (14 January 2011). "Music: Alice Through The Test Card". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 20 March 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Noble, Anna (14 January 2011). "Music: RIP Trish Keenan". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 21 March 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 

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