Exclusive Video: Alt-J Perform in a Button Shop

October 18th, 2012

In a short time, Alt-J, four lads from Leeds, have become known for their layered, folk-influenced dub music called folk-step. In an Upper East Side button shop, Joe Newman and Gus Unger-Hamilton perform “Ripe & Ruin” for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube. The song is an a cappella interlude from their debut album, An Awesome Wave, which BBC Music says, “spans every workable idea, genre and influence that can be crammed under the guitar-music umbrella, yet it never feels disorientating.”

While riding around in a van, the quartet discuss listening to Spice Girls, Eurythmics and Paul Simon as kids, who got them into music and how their band’s formative moments happened in a college laundry room. Watch the interview: And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to watch more performances and interviews like these, and the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.