Iglu & Hartly
|Iglu & Hartly|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Electropop, pop rock, electronic rock, new wave|
|Years active||2006–2011 (hiatus)|
|Associated acts||JARVIS, Youngblood Hawke|
|Past members||Dave Bantz|
Iglu & Hartly is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of Jarvis Anderson (vocals, keyboards), Sam Martin (vocals, keyboards), Simon Katz (guitar), Luis Rosiles (drums), and Michael Bucher (bass).
Jarvis Anderson, Sam Martin, and Simon Katz met at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before long, the 3 of them left school and moved to Echo Park, California to pursue a career in music. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Luis Rosiles flew from Jarvis' hometown of Park Ridge, Illinois to join the band as their drummer, and LA local Michael Bucher joined as bassist.
Signing to Mercury Records (2008)
After two years of playing in Southern California clubs, the band started receiving strong interest from a number of major record labels in the UK, as well as getting airplay from Jim Gellatly on Xfm Scotland. The band finally decided to sign with Mercury Records, but not before releasing their debut UK single "Violent & Young" on indie label Another Music = Another Kitchen on 2 June 2008 to critical acclaim.
The band's next single "In This City" was released in September and was identified as "an anthem in the making" by an NME blogger. This kicked a massive tour, seeing the band play over 120 shows in a span of 150 days in 17 countries. The band also performed on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross on BBC One, helping "In This City" rise to number five in the UK charts, securing the band their first hit. An instrumental version of the song was also used as the theme tune for the Match Of The Day Goal of the Month competitions. NME featured the Band in over 15 different pieces prior to and after their controversial review of the album, including inviting the band to headline two dates on their NME Awards Tour. They also named them one of the "Twenty Bands Making America Cool Again." In regards to other press outlets the album and the band were a polarizing force, generating both glowing reviews and venomous criticism.
The band has gained quite a reputation for their live shows, playing both small venues and large festivals with equal intensity, passion and fervor. In a review of a show in St Louis on August 26, 2009, one newspaper wrote, "In their ripped jeans and tank tops, Iglu and Hartly took the stage at the Firebird around 9:45 p.m., the people there witnessed a phenomenal show." SPIN included them in their "Best of Bumbershoot Festival 2009" and called their performance "absurdly successful" The band played at The UCD Ball in Dublin in both 2009 and 2010.
Debut in the United States (2009)
On May 5, 2009 their CD "& Then Boom" was released in the United States. They performed on Last Call with Carson Daly as part of their promotional tour. At SXSW in Austin, Iglu & Hartly's Jarvis Anderson was arrested in the early hours of March 19 after allegedly assaulting a hotel security guard while half naked.
Iglu & Hartly performed their song "DayGlo" live at BETA Records TV Studios in Hollywood, California. The acoustic song segment was taken in October 2009 for the BETA Records Music TV Series, directed by Eric MacIver and produced by Chris Honetschlaeger.
Hiatus and New Projects (2011)
It was announced by various members through their respective Twitter and Facebook pages that Iglu & Hartly is on "hiatus" with no plans for a second record. Jarvis has announced through his Twitter page that he is going "solo" and will have a record out very soon. Sam and Simon, the other founding members of the band, have started a new project called Youngblood Hawke that has released an EP and is already getting radio play in the UK. Youngblood Hawke signed with Universal Republic in early 2012 and are releasing a new EP in August 2012.