the phenomenal handclap band, are a many-membered ensemble which also features musicians from tv on the radio, jon spencer blues explosion and amy winehouses backing band the dap kings, all of whom contribute their individual talents to make for a very exciting whole. their sound is an anthemic, dancefloor-oriented blend of progressive rock, disco, electro, and 60s soul with sprinklings of hip hop-styled orchestral breakbeats and moody, synth-soaked & heavy hooks. using live instrumentation to evoke the intricate arrangements of norman whitfield, quincy jones and phil spector as well as the pared down beats of contemporaries like the neptunes and danger mouse.
a prime example of this melting pot of styles, this single >15 to 20< , combines >vintage sounds of blondie and esg with some css and james murphy thrown in< (zane lowe, bbc 1) to make for an instantly catchy disco pop concoction thats times-tabling chorus will be as popular in the playground as on the hottest dancefloors. >15 to 20< enjoyed spot plays from the likes of radcliffe & maconie, john kennedy and zane lowe, who made it his >hottest record in the world< and went on to describe it as his >breakthrough record of the year so far.< press-wise it has featured in the nmes 10 tracks you have to hear & in the guardians film & music playlist.
live they are a core band of 8 all of whom participated on the album, being daniel collas (organ / vox), sean marquand (keys/effects), quinn luke (guitar / vox), luke o malley (guitar / vox), nick movshon (bass), patrick wood (drums / vox) amanda tomme (lead vox), laura marin (lead vox) with special guests from the album popping in all of the time. dont be surprised to find a 15 piece psychedelic, disco-matic, get down, groovy, hippy cult, rock spectacle-supergroup that really is not to be missed!