Worriedaboutsatan

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Worriedaboutsatan
Origin Bradford, England
Genres Electronic Music
Post Rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels Iapetus Recordings (2006–07)
Gizeh Records (2008–2010)
Members Gavin Miller
Tom Ragsdale

Worriedaboutsatan (stylized as worriedaboutsatan) are an electronic band who originated in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The band was formed by Gavin Miller and Tom Ragsdale in 2005 as a fusion of glitch, techno, electronica, rock and metal.

History[edit]

The band comprises Gavin Miller and Tom Ragsdale, who met whilst both attending Leeds College of Music in 2005. Worriedaboutsatan began as a side project, but later became the joint focus of Miller and Ragsdale.

The band's mixture of rock and electronic genres can be attributed to Miller and Ragsdale's musical influences, which give equal importance to post-rock bands such as Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai as well as electronic dance music artists, such as Underworld. Worriedaboutsatan's sound, in reflection of their musical tastes, is in their own words, an attempt 'to fuse elements of everything we listen to – glitch, techno, electronica, rock [and] metal'.[1]

Worriedaboutsatan's music has appeared on several BBC Radio shows, including Steve Lamacq's show on BBC 6 Music and Tom Robinson's Introducing[2] and Mary Anne Hobbs' Experimental Show, both on BBC Radio 1. Since 23 July 2008, their music has also been featured in episodes of the British soap opera, Coronation Street.

In 2011, the duo launched a new project, Ghosting Season, and put worriedaboutsatan on hold. In 2014, they released the single 'I'm Not / The Next Round'.

Releases[edit]

The band has so far released two albums, one remix album, two EPs and two singles. The first EP, self-titled but known as EP1, was released in 2006 and is now out of print. It is currently available online.[3] The single, "An Infinity of Oncoming Lights" was released in 2006, and is also available on Last.fm.

The second EP, entitled EP02, was released in late 2007 to a largely positive critical response, with solid recommendation from Traffic magazine (March 2008). The track "Relative Minors", featured the vocals of local singer-songwriter, Paul Marshall. It was mastered at Transition Studios,[4] who have also worked with Burial and Kode9.

The debut album Arrivals was released on 25 May 2009, through Gizeh Records.[5] It has received good critical response, including a 7.6 score on Pitchfork.[6]

A remix album, Arrivals Remixed was released in December 2009.[7] and a single, 'Heart Monitor' followed in 2010.

After a four-year absence, 'I'm Not / The Next Round' was released on the This Is It Forever label in March 2014.

On 16 March 2015, the band released their first album in six years, entitled 'Even Temper'[8]

Live shows[edit]

The band started out using a desktop PC with the software package Reason to run the electronic elements, whilst the two members either played guitar or controlled the PC via a MIDI controller. This changed in 2008 to using an iMac with the software package Ableton Live. The band now use two laptops: Ragsdale's runs the electronic elements via Ableton Live, whilst Miller's runs the software package Guitar Rig, which he plays live guitar through.

Earlier shows found the band performing on the floor with the audience, instead of the stage, giving Ragsdale the ability to walk out into the crowd whilst playing guitar.[9] However, later performances saw the role of guitarist given solely to Miller, whilst Ragsdale takes control of the computer and electronic elements.[10]

Amongst the many bands that Worriedaboutsatan have performed with include 65daysofstatic. iLiKETRAiNS, Dälek, Yndi Halda, Ólafur Arnalds and Maybeshewill.

Etymology[edit]

The band's name, Worriedaboutsatan, is taken from a song of the same name by Belgian rock band Deus. It was a B-side to their 1996 single "Theme From Turnpike".[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2009: Arrivals Remixed
  • 2009: Arrivals
  • 2015: Even Temper

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2006: "An Infinity of Oncoming Lights"
  • 2010: "Heart Monitor"
  • 2014: "I'm Not / The Next Round"

Videos[edit]

  • 2006: Falcons, Morwenna, Outside Your Window
  • 2007: An Infinity of Oncoming Lights
  • 2008: Relative Minors
  • 2009: One Down, Arrivals

References[edit]

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