Australian Tour October 2008
Shiny, glittery, subversive pop music. Ladytron rose out of the industrial wasteland of Liverpool and emerged with their own brand of pristine, tightly structured synth pop with instant hits like “He Took Her To A Movie” and “Playgirl”. Ladytron shaped the sound of electroclash before the style even had a name.
Ladytron was formed when Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu, the tall dark figures at the back of the stage, discovered the ladies of Ladytron – Mira Aroyo (who has a Ph.D in genetics) and Helena Marnie – on train in Bulgaria. Their albums ‘604’, ‘Light & Magic’ and ‘Witching Hour’ have established Ladytron’s unique style of heartbroken disco, mashing vintage synths and the Kraftwerk-esque dual female vocals.
Ladytron have lent their trademark sound on remixes for the likes of Bloc Party, Bonde Do Role, Felix Da Housecat, Placebo and Nine Inch Nails. Sold out tours through North America, Europe, China and Latin America and support slots for Nine Inch Nails and The Chemical Brothers show the diverse audiences the dynamic four piece attract.
Ladytron are back with their fourth album, ‘Velocifero’, a tantalising piece of distorted soul drawing on the wealth of two decades of electronica, new wave and rock. Recorded in Paris with co-production from Alessandro Cortini, former touring keyboardist for Nine Inch Nails and Vicarious Bliss of electronica label Ed Banger, Velocifero is an evolution of Ladytron as they again combine their edgy digital sound with the contrasting soulful vocals of Mira and Helena over a depth not seen in their earlier work. ‘Velocifero’ proves why Ladytron have shaped this genre and cements their position at its foreground.
Australian audiences can bear witness to these savy purveyors of sinister pop in 2008 when the ‘tron embark on their first ever tour of Australia. The Liverpudians will be supported on their national tour by the “Kitsune-style electro-pop” of Swedish 2 piece Familjen who currently have their song “Det Snurrar I Min Skalle” on mega rotation on Triple J.
* Familjen supporting on all dates except Perth
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