Alt-J: ‘It’s mad that people in America know all our songs’

UK band play sold out show at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles

Alt-J played a sold out show last night (September 29) in Los Angeles as part of their first extensive US tour.

The British four piece – who last week released their acclaimed, Mercury Prize nominated debut ‘An Awesome Wave’ in North America – played the Bootleg Theater, taking to the stage at 11.30pm (PST).

Frontman Joe Newman told the enthusiastic crowd, which included electronic musician Moby, that they were all “super stoked” to have released a record in a country that they weren’t from, during a set which included UK singles ‘Tessellate’ and ‘Breezeblocks’ as well as ‘Something Good’, the video for which can be seen below.


Speaking to NME after the show, the band’s keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton said the gig had been “sweaty” but enjoyable. “It’s just really nice to finally have fans in America. However much you might be knackered before a gig, the pleasure you get from playing sold out shows like this is amazing. Every single show apart from Ann Arbor was sold out, so it’s been fantastic,” he explained.

He continued:

It’s mad that people know all the songs, because the album only just came out over here.

Alt-J play the Constellation Room in Santa Ana tonight (September 30) before joining Grouplove on tour. They play Austin City Limits festival on October 14 before shows in Australia. They kick off their autumn UK tour on October 27 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Alt-J played:

‘Ripe and Ruin’
‘Something Good’
‘Dissolve Me’