Binary did not start life in an edgy back street bar but locked in a dorm room at Yale University, where front man David Troster tried to study molecular biology, while dreaming of alternative 80s rock. It wasn’t long before the lead vocalist abandoned the home of the Ivy League and headed back to his native London, where he joined forces with Francesco Bondi, bassist Craig Lowe and drummer Jake Sorbie to create Binary. The boys have been around for a little while now, having realised a couple of tracks on independent label Luv Luv Luv, who signed up the band almost immediately after hearing one of their tracks online, and have worked with the likes of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails collaborator Sean Beavan. That being said the band have a distinctively British sound, combining industrial guitars with a strong electronic influence, which will have audience hanging on every word when they come to KOKO on 31 August.
Forming in late 2010, Strangers are front-man David Maddox-Jones, producer Glen Nicholls (The Prodigy, Depeche Mode, Snow Patrol and Erasure), drummer Raife Hacking and synth player Piers Sherwood-Roberts.
After a year that saw the band release three EPs, earn plaudits across the blogosphere, get played on Radio 1, smash their way onto the XFM playlist and attention from the likes of Mixmag, Music Week and Artrocker, Strangers are now building up to the release of their full length album later in the year with recent single 'Shine On You' and forthcoming single Safe/Pain. Harnessing a love of synths and huge 80s pop rhythms, Strangers are known for their epic-pop choruses shimmering with an underlying sinister gothic feel; something that has been ever-present since their 2010 inception. Whereas previous material has edged along noir-pop stylings, recent single ‘Shine On You’ sees the group take their love of dark synths and move them into a more euphoric electro pop setting.
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Students - come to Club NME for £2 before 10.30pm / £4 before Midnight every Friday* with your student card.
*excluding Halloween, Xmas and NYE balls.
Tickets for this event are available from the venue box office, and can be purchased at face value if payment is made in cash. Please note promoters may increase ticket price if purchased on the night.