Simian Mobile Disco look forward to forthcoming gig at Glasgow's Arches
- Henry Northmore
- 16 October 2012
The London dance duo are touring in support of latest album Unpatterns
In recent years a new generation of live dance acts have easily stepped into the shoes of pioneers such as The Prodigy and Underworld. However, Simian Mobile Disco took a circuitous route to the world of electro glory. Starting life as one half of indie pop experimentalists Simian. ‘We started doing remixes and mixtapes when we were still in Simian, and when the band broke up [in 2005] we carried on doing that,’ they explain. ‘It was a natural progression really.’
The splinter group of Jas Shaw and James Ford were aided in their transformation into a ‘psychedelic shifting pattern techno’ act by the storming remix of ‘We Are Your Friends’ by contemporaries Justice. A massive crossover hit that helped cement their club credentials.
Now on their third studio album in their SMD guise, the band released Unpatterns in May of this year. ‘There’s less focus on full vocal “songs”, and more on dance music structures. We’ve tried to just use voices as elements, loops and phrases that are manipulated, as just one part of the music, rather than them dictating the form of the tracks.’
Ford, of course, has gone on to become one of the most sort after producers in the UK working with Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine and Klaxons but he’s returning to the fold for this tour. ‘We’re bringing our synths, drum machines and effects on the road so you can expect a proper live performance. With some big flashing lights thrown in too…’
The Arches, Glasgow, Sat 10 Nov.