An unexpected (but very welcome) start to 2013, shooting some production shots on the first night of Alt-J’s tour. As I rambled on at my taxi driver on the way home, it’s brilliant to see a band selling out two nights at a terrific venue because they have great songs and put in the graft. The firs time I saw them was back at Leeds Festival – I say back, it was about four months ago. Playing halfway down the bill on the third stage, the packed tent had more to do with the fact they were a local band than any huge hype. Since then they’ve gone on to win the Mercury Prize and have a clutch of Brit nominations to kick off the new year.
When the music industry is at its best, people doing something different can take a little magic and go on to huge success – as I often ramble about bands like the Maccabees, Battles or even Four Tet, what matters ultimately is the tunes and the spirit. Alt-J have plenty of both, and if there was a better reason to start 2013 by turning off the X Factor and going to watch some real musicians at work, picking up a copy of ‘An Awesome Wave’ would be a pretty damn good idea.