Late of the Pier

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Late of the Pier
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Background information
Origin Castle Donington, England
Genres Dance-punk, electroclash, glam punk, new rave, neo-progressive rock
Years active 2004–2010
Labels Parlophone (UK)
Zarcorp (UK)
Astralwerks (U.S.)
Phantasy (UK)
Associated acts La Priest, Soft Hair[1]
Past members
  • Ross Dawson
  • Samuel Eastgate
  • Andrew Faley
  • Samuel Potter

Late of the Pier were a four-piece dance-punk band from Castle Donington, England, signed to Parlophone. Their debut album Fantasy Black Channel was released on 11 August 2008 by Parlophone produced by Erol Alkan.


The band formed in 2004, although some of the songs they perform were written before this, with some dating back to 2001.[2][3] Their debut single "Space and the Woods" was released through WayOutWest Records from the band's Zarcorp Demo EP in March 2007. This was limited to 500 copies only. The band's second single "Bathroom Gurgle" was produced by Erol Alkan and was released in September 2007 by Moshi Moshi Records. Like their previous release, this was also limited to 500 copies. Their third single, "The Bears Are Coming", was released on 12" and download only, with 7" versions being sold exclusively on their February 2008 tour. This was released through the band's own Zarcorp label.[4] Their fourth single, a double A-side including a new version of "Space and the Woods" as well as "Focker", was released following a headline slot on the Levi's Ones To Watch tour.

Late of the Pier opened 2007's Carling Weekend on the NME/Radio One stage, while appearing on the festival's Republic stage a year later in 2008.[5] The band have performed in support slots for Hadouken!,[6] Soulwax,[7] Justice[8] and U.N.K.L.E.. Late of the Pier supported Kaiser Chiefs on their headline tour of the UK in 2008.

Their debut album, Fantasy Black Channel, was released by Parlophone on 11 August 2008.[9] On 7 September 2009, it was voted winner of the Neptune Music Prize on the Drowned in Sound website.[10] They released a new single titled "Blueberry" as a digital download on 17 December 2009, and as a double A-Side in February 2010 with "Best in the Class."

Following the March 2010 release of Blueberry/Best In The Class, the band concentrated on a number of side projects and personal work, and stated that it was unlikely that new material would be forthcoming.[11]

Lead singer Sam Eastgate featured on Filthy Dukes' track "This Rhythm" on their debut album Nonsense in the Dark.[12] He produced Manchester indie pop band Egyptian Hip Hop's debut double A-side single Wild Human Child/Heavenly.

Eastgate also toured as part of New Zealand indie twee act Connan Mockasin's band on his 2010 album release tour around New Zealand.

Dawson did some session work and joined London based band Zibra in summer 2014, but left in early 2015.

In early 2015, Eastgate released the album "Inji" and its lead single "Oino" under the name La Priest.[13]

On 21 May 2015, the band's former label Parlophone announced the death of drummer Ross Dawson. A press release from the musician's family, via the label, stated that Dawson was "involved in a very sudden and tragic accident" on 15 May. Dawson's family write, "Ross was a monumental force in the lives of everybody who knew him, multi-talented, modest, kind and generous; he loved and was loved by his family. The world has become a sadder place without him. He will be eternally missed by all who knew and loved him."[14] Following Dawson's death, the band have no plans to reform.

Musical style[edit]

Late of the Pier's style has often been compared to artists like Gary Numan, Brian Eno, Stephen Dubrich, Bill Nelson of Be-Bop Deluxe fame, and the more contemporary Metronomy and Klaxons, mainly due to the prominent use of synthesisers in an off-kilter pop style.[15]




Date of Release Title UK Chart Position Album
5 March 2007 "Space and the Woods"[17] N/A Zarcorp Demo
10 September 2007 "Bathroom Gurgle"[18] N/A Fantasy Black Channel
2 March 2008 "The Bears Are Coming"[19] N/A Fantasy Black Channel
19 May 2008 "Space and the Woods"/"Focker"[17] N/A Fantasy Black Channel
4 August 2008 "Heartbeat"[20] 98[21] Fantasy Black Channel
2 October 2008 "Bathroom Gurgle" (re-release) N/A Fantasy Black Channel
14 December 2009 "Blueberry" N/A Non-album single
1 March 2010 "Best in the Class" N/A Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2007 "Bathroom Gurgle" Daniel Brereton
2008 "The Bears Are Coming" Saam Farahmand
2008 "Space and the Woods" Ian Emes
2008 "Focker" Daniel Brereton
2008 "Heartbeat" MEGAFORCE
2009 "Blueberry" Andrew Faley & Fred Glenister
2010 "Best in the Class" Sam Potter & Steve Glashier


  • 2005: Refill Men Twist & The Zarcorp Legacy
  • 2007: Zarcorp Demo


  1. ^ <Pitchfork's review of Soft Hair - "Soft Hair">
  2. ^ Late Of The Pier
  3. ^ Late Of The Pier Discography
  4. ^ Late Of The Pier Announce Single: Late Of The Pier News on This Is Fake DIY
  5. ^ Late Of The Pier kick off Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival | News | NME.COM
  6. ^ GIGWISE, Hadouken! Play Their Biggest Show Yet Archived 12 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ manchester clubbing: Warehouse Project Lineups Update - Manchester Blog
  8. ^ ADateZ Inc. | Justice, Late Of The Pier at Somerset House, London Archived 24 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ BBC - collective - late of the pier interview
  10. ^ Fantasy Black Channel wins the 2009 Neptune Music Prize
  11. ^ Nme.Com. "Late Of The Pier's Sam Eastgate to launch new band". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  12. ^ Nme.Com (2009-01-22). "Filthy Dukes announce UK tour and debut album". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  13. ^ Sam Richards. "LA Priest: 'I'm not trying to be freaky for the sake of it' | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  14. ^ Nme.Com (2015-05-21). "Late Of The Pier drummer Ross Dawson dies following 'very sudden and tragic accident'". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  15. ^ Lester, Paul (8 August 2007). "No 160: Late of the Pier". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "The Official UK Albums Chart for the week ending 23 August 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (365): 5–8. 
  17. ^ a b Drowned in Sound - Reviews - Single - Late Of The Pier
  18. ^ Drowned in Sound - Reviews - Singles - Late Of The Pier - Bathroom Gurgle Archived 9 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Welcome to Zarcorp Archived 14 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ New UK Single Releases, New Music Releases, UK CD Single Releases Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart for the week ending 16 August 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (364): 1–4. 

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