Van She

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Van She
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Indie pop, electropop, nu gaze, neo-psychedelia
Years active 2002–present
Labels Modular
Members Nick Routledge
Matt Van Schie
Michael Di Francesco
Tomek Archer

Van She is an electropop band formed in 2002 in Sydney, Australia, with Matt Van Schie (pronounced Van Ski) on bass guitar/vocals, Tomek Archer on drums/sequencer, Michael Di Francesco on synth/guitar and Nicholas Routledge on vocals/guitar. The band's debut album, V was released on the Australian label Modular Recordings in August 2008, which peaked at #10 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) album charts.[1] Their label introduced them as a "new band from Sydney fresh on ideas, fresher than Flavor Flav, fresh like coriander, fresher than the Fresh Prince, fresher than fresh eggs."[2] Despite these claims, the band began with a sound very much rooted in the 1980s, heavy on synthesizer, although later material reflects a more textured sound. They also do remixes of other artists' work both under their own name and as the offshoot, Van She Technologic.[3][4]


Van She began in 2002 when band members Nick Routledge, Matt Van Schie, Michael Di Francesco, and Tomek Archer all met through mutual friends at a club called Bang Gang in Sydney. In 2005 Van She released their self-titled, much hyped debut EP, Van She, on Modular Recordings including the single Sex City, which was in turn sampled by Crystal Castles on their album Crystal Castles (18 March 2008) – Lies Records / Last Gang Records. After touring with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, New Young Pony Club and playing shows with the likes of Daft Punk, Phoenix and Bloc Party, Van She released their first album, V in 2008, which debuted at number #10 on the Australian charts. The album was co-produced by Jim Abiss at Konk studios in London in 2007. In June 2009, they released a remixed version of V, called Ze Vemixes.

Solo Work[edit]

Matt Van Schie has released songs under his own name and makes up half of the electronic music duo, Du Tonc, with Mighty Mouse. Michael Di Francesco has remixed songs under the title Arithmatix!, and released songs under the moniker 'Touch Sensitive'. Nicholas Routledge has released solo music under the moniker 'Nicky Night Time.'

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]



  • "Kelly" (2005, Modular)
  • "Sex City" (2006, Modular)
  • "Cat and the Eye" (2007, Modular)
  • "Strangers" (2008, Modular)
  • "Changes" (2008, Modular)
  • "Kelly (Album Version Re-Release)" (2008, Modular)
  • "Idea of Happiness" (2012, Modular)
  • "Jamaica" (2012, Modular)
  • "Sarah" (2012, Modular)



  1. ^ a b c "Discography Van She". Australian charts portal. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Van She". Modular Records. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Artist: Van She - MusicBrainz". MusicBrainz. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Artist: Vanshe Technologic - MusicBrainz". MusicBrainz. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Breihan, Tom (9 May 2012). "Tom Vek – "Aroused (Van She Remix)"". Stereogum. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 

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