Late Of The Pier
The four members of Late For The Pier were still schoolboys of 16 and 17 in the English Midlands when they first started making unsophisticated bedroom recordings together. They made their first 14-track Zarcorp Demo available as a free internet download, which created enough interest for Way Out Records to release a limited issue of the track Space & The Woods. Creating an unusually striking indie dance style, their second single Bathroom Gurgle won them a formidable groundswell of support and they set up their own Zarcorp label to release their The Bears Are Coming single. Touring the UK with Kaiser Chiefs gave them another big lift and, in 2008, they released their eclectic, energetic and experimental debut album Fantasy Black Channel to the acclaim of the music press; which made comparisons with everyone from Gary Numan to Klaxons and invented phrases like nu-disco, glam metal and synth-punk to describe them. The album was unorthodox but, winding up in many critics best-of-the-year lists, it sold well and also put the band on the map in other parts of Europe and the US - where they subsequently become a popular live attraction.