Ipso Facto (English band)

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Ipso Facto
OriginLondon, England
GenresNeo-psychedelia, post-punk
Years active2007–2009
Past membersRosalie Cunningham (vocals, guitar)
  • Samantha Valentine (bass)
  • Victoria Smith (drums)
  • Cherish Kaya (keyboard)
WebsiteBand website

Ipso Facto were an English goth-inflected, melodramatic psychedelic rock band. Founded in 2007 by Rosalie Cunningham (singer, songwriter, guitar), Victoria Smith (drums), Cherish Kaya (keyboards) and Samantha Valentine (bass guitar). They were based in London but individually originated from different parts of the UK, including Southend, Newcastle and Bedford. Before Ipso Facto, Cunningham and Valentine played in the Southend band Theoretical Girl.

The band appeared on the 'BBC Introducing Stage' at the Reading Festival, supporting The Last Shadow Puppets on their 2008 tour.[1][2] They went on to support post-punk band Magazine on their 2009 reunion tour.[3]

Ipso Facto split up while touring Italy in 2009,[4] just before recording a new album.[5] Cherish Kaya left first, citing in-fighting on musical direction as the key reason for her departure.[4] Kaya went on to play keyboard and violin for Florence and the Machine before founding an independent record label, Kaya Kaya Records.[4][6] Rosalie Cunningham founded Purson.[5] Samantha Valentine joined Romance and now teaches yoga.[7][non-primary source needed][8][non-primary source needed] Victoria Smith became a touring drummer for groups such as MIA, Jamie T, Miles Kane and Soulwax.[9]



  • "Harmonise" / "Balderdash" (Disc Error), October 2007
  • "Ears and Eyes" (PureGroove), August 2008
  • "Six and Three-Quarters" / "Circle of Fifths" (Mute Records), October 2008


  • IF... (Vinyl Junkie, Japan), February 2009


  1. ^ "Reading and Leeds Festivals 2008 – Ipso Facto". BBC. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ Geoghegan, Kev (22 August 2008). "BBC Newsbeat – Music – Ipso Facto support Shadow Puppets". BBC News. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Ipso Facto". The List. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Ex-Ipso Facto Cherish Kaya reveals why she left for Florence And The Machine". NME. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b "The Door To Domestic Bliss – An Interview With Purson". Ghost Cult. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Kaya Kaya Records". Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  7. ^ "R O M A N C E |". Myspace.com. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  8. ^ "@SamanthaFayV". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Victoria Smith - Biography". Yamaha. Retrieved 16 February 2022.