Late of the Pier
|Late of the Pier|
|Origin||Castle Donington, England, UK|
|Genres||Dance-punk, electroclash, glam punk, new rave, neo-progressive rock|
|Past members||Ross Dawson|
Formation, Zarcorp Demo and Fantasy Black Channel (2004–10)
The band formed in 2004, although some of the songs they perform were written before this, with some dating back to 2001.
This was released through the band's own Zarcorp label.
Late of the Pier opened 2007's Reading and Leeds Festivals on the NME/Radio One stage, while appearing on the festival's Republic stage the following year.
On 7 September 2009, it was voted winner of the Neptune Music Prize on the Drowned in Sound website.
They released a new single titled "Blueberry" as a digital download on 17 December 2009, and as a double A-Side in February 2010 with "Best in the Class".
Following this release, the band concentrated on a number of side projects and personal work, and stated that it was unlikely that new material would be forthcoming.
Side projects (2010–2015)
Lead singer Sam Eastgate featured on Filthy Dukes' track "This Rhythm" on their debut album Nonsense in the Dark, and produced Manchester indie pop band Egyptian Hip Hop's debut double A-side single "Wild Human Child"/"Heavenly".
He also toured as part of New Zealand indie twee act Connan Mockasin's band on his 2010 album release tour around New Zealand.
He also ran Blackout, a music event that ran at London venue Oval Space, where anonymous musicians played in the pitch black.
Ross Dawson did some session work and joined London based band Zibra in summer 2014, but left in early 2015.
On 21 May 2015, the band's former label Parlophone announced the death of drummer Ross Dawson.
A press release from the musician's family, via the label, stated that Dawson was "involved in a very sudden and tragic accident" on 15 May.
Dawson's family write, "Ross was a monumental force in the lives of everybody who knew him, multi-talented, modest, kind and generous; he loved and was loved by his family.
The world has become a sadder place without him.
He will be eternally missed by all who knew and loved him."
Fantasy Black Channel reissue (2015–present)
In August 2018, the band resurfaced in a series of cryptic posts on a newly created Instagram account.
In December 2018, the band announced a vinyl reissue of Fantasy Black Channel via Phantasy.
Bundled with a download code for a digital album of unreleased demos and outtakes, the reissue was released on 19 January 2019.
Late of the Pier's style has often been compared to artists like Gary Numan, Brian Eno, Stephen Dubrich, Bill Nelson of Be-Bop Deluxe fame, and the more contemporary Metronomy and Klaxons, mainly due to the prominent use of synthesisers in an off-kilter pop style.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Fantasy Black Channel||28|
|Date of Release||Title||UK Chart Position||Album|
|5 March 2007||"Space and the Woods"||N/A||Zarcorp Demo|
|10 September 2007||"Bathroom Gurgle"||N/A||Fantasy Black Channel|
|2 March 2008||"The Bears Are Coming"||N/A|
|19 May 2008||"Space and the Woods"/"Focker"||N/A|
|4 August 2008||"Heartbeat"||98|
|2 October 2008||"Bathroom Gurgle" (re-release)||N/A|
|14 December 2009||"Blueberry"||N/A||Non-album single|
|1 March 2010||"Best in the Class"||N/A|
|2007||"Bathroom Gurgle"||Daniel Brereton|
|2008||"The Bears Are Coming"||Saam Farahmand|
|2008||"Space and the Woods"||Ian Emes|
|2009||"Blueberry"||Andrew Faley & Fred Glenister|
|2010||"Best in the Class"||Sam Potter & Steve Glashier|
- 2005: Refill Men Twist & The Zarcorp Legacy
- 2007: Zarcorp Demo
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