With infectious electronic indie-pop tunes, Fenech-Soler have risen out of the ashes of the MySpace era like a millennial phoenix. Hailing from Northampshire, England, they’ve consistently created catchy, captivating songs, releasing six EPs and three full-length albums since their first single, “Lies,” debuted in 2009. Two of the group’s founding members departed last year, leaving behind brothers Ross and Ben Duffy, who have been able to breathe new sonic life into Fenech-Soler, experimental enough to incorporate the essence of the band’s original sound while creating a distinctive new one to set them apart. On their third LP, Zilla (stream it above), released earlier this year, the brothers Duffy have also taken on a new image thanks to the interactive 360° video for “Conversation” (above), beautifully blending together technology and their appearance. And to support the new album, Fenech-Soler have hit the road with the Little Rock, Ark., pop outfit Knox Hamilton (below, performing “Work It Out” for Jam in the Van), known for a melting pot of influences. Their debut full-length, The Heights (stream it below), is filled with rhythmic sounds, lively drumbeats and upbeat lyrics sure to remind you of summertime adventures. See them together on Friday night at The Bowery Ballroom. —Karen Silva | @ClassicKaren
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Influenced by Michael Jackson’s Dangerous, Ben Duffy (vocals), Ross Duffy (guitar), Daniel Soler (bass and keys) and Andrew Lindsay (percussion) formed the English electropop band Fenech-Soler more than 10 years ago, making music in the vein of Klaxons, Two Door Cinema Club and Friendly Fires. They’ve already released two full-lengths, including 2013’s Rituals (stream it below). And while Soler and Lindsay have since amicably departed, the band continues on with the Duffy brothers, releasing the EP Kaleidoscope (stream it below), with “a slick new synthpop sound,” last year. A third long-player, Zilla, comes out next week, but you won’t have to wait that long to hear new tunes from Fenech-Soler (above, performng “Kaleidoscope” live) because they play Mercury Lounge tonight. Brooklyn’s Glassio open the show.
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