About Art Brut
Art Brut are a Berlin-based English and German indie rock band. Their debut album, Bang Bang Rock & Roll, was released on 30 May 2005, with its follow up, It's a Bit Complicated, released on 25 June 2007. Named after French painter Jean Dubuffet's definition of outsider art - art by prisoners, loners, the mentally ill, and other marginalized people, and made without thought to imitation or presentation - South London's Art Brut were tagged by NME as part of the "Art Wave" scene that also included bands such as The Rakes, Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party. The band released further albums, Art Brut vs Satan in 2009 and Brilliant! Tragic! in 2011. A fifth album, Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out!", was released in 2018.
The band's sound is characterised by their straightforward guitar rock setup, as well as frontman Eddie Argos' enthusiastic sprechgesang-style vocal delivery, and his humorous, often self-reflexive lyrics about music, relationships and other personal interests.
The band was formed in London in 2003, after Eddie Argos met guitarist Chris Chinchilla at an afterparty hosted by London indie rock band Ciccone in 2002. Argos also invited Ian Catskilkin, whom he knew from the Bournemouth music scene, to join on guitars. They were joined by Freddy Feedback on bass guitar and Mikey Breyer on drums. The band played their first gig in May 2003.
The band self-released two Brutlegs promos in 2003. The first was produced by Keith Top of the Pops and contained the first versions of "Formed a Band", "Modern Art" and "Moving to LA". A second, released as Brutlegs 04, contained versions of "Good Weekend, "Bang Band Rock & Roll" and an acoustic version of "Moving to LA".
Angular Recording Corporation had released a compilation featuring "Formed a Band" in November 2003. NME journalist Anthony Thornton heard the song and sent an MP3 to Rough Trade, and the label offered Art Brut a deal to release it as a one-off single. It peaked at number 52 on the UK Singles Chart, in May 2004.Blender described them as the best unsigned band in the UK.
The band were soon signed by Fierce Panda. A double A-side of "Modern Art" and "My Little Brother" was released in December 2004, charting at 49, followed by an album, Bang Bang Rock & Roll, in May 2005. The next single, "Emily Kane", made number 41, missing the top 40 only by two sales, later attributed by Argos by a failure to properly register iTunes sales. It remains Fierce Panda's highest-charting single.
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