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Alt-J (∆)’s name takes a little explaining.

Pronounced “alt-J”, the delta sign is more than an un-Google-able symbol that looks good on a T shirt. As guitarist/bassist Gwil Sainsbury notes, “in mathematical equations it’s used to show change” and the band’s relatively new name came at a turning point in their lives.

Attention, admiration and favourable comparisons have come thick and fast for alt-J (∆). Even before the release of their debut single on Loud And Quiet Recording last year, the band was likened to Wild Beasts, ‘In Rainbows’ era Radiohead, The xx and Anthony & The Johnsons – four acclaimed acts noticeable by their ability to create the kind of patient, sophisticated, intricate music that alt-J (∆) do.

Their debut album veers wildly from psychedelic avant pop to skeletal folktronica. “An Awesome Wave” promises to trade in understated beauty one minute and epic oddities the next.

Some tracks are inspired by cinema (‘Matilda’ about Natalie Portman’s character in Luc Besson’s Leon), others seem to have come to the band as unexpectedly as they come to us, sounding like great experimental pop acts we already know about, yet somehow only ever completely like the band with a triangle for a name.

Since its birth nearly 30 years ago, [PIAS] has been creatively involved in the (r)evolution of a multitude of artists, record labels and music genres as they transition from niche to crossover. We strive to work with the most inventive and original artists possible and, without compromise, take their music to the widest possible audience. The primary interest of the people that work at [PIAS] has and will always been their passion for music and, whilst we’re a commercial company, we’re 100% independent and one of the leaders of what remains a great tradition of non-corporate label culture.

[PIAS] Nites is the natural extension of our culture. These Nites are built as high quality events – quality music performed in quality spaces resulting in quality memories. Of course these events promote the work of our artists and labels, but they’re primarily intended to be unique experiences in discovery, excitement and eclecticism. More than just a concert or mini festival, [PIAS] Nites are specifically designed to challenge all our senses and leave the music and party lover with a unique experience to remember.

A non exhaustive list of artists that [PIAS] has either discovered or worked with through the years includes: Editors; Pixies, Young Gods, Royksopp, Propellerheads, Vitalic, Tiga, Laurent Garnier, Agnes Obel, Bloody Beetroots, Prodigy, Underworld, Ghinzu, Deus, Soulwax, TwoManyDJ’s, Human League, Grace Jones, Reverend & The Makers, Nick Cave, Dépêche Mode, Moby, Muse, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys , Oasis, Front 242, An Pierlé, Arsenal, Agoria, Crystal Fighters, Matt and Kim, Jim Jones Revue, Aeroplane, Meat Beat manifesto, MSTRKRFT, Soap and Skin... the list goes on...

In 2012 [PIAS] Nites are the real-time experience of what [PIAS] stands for since 1982.

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