Electro-pop outfit, Ladytron, is taking their blend of vintage synthesizer sounds, video game noises and cold yet eerily sexy female vocals on tour in North America for the first time since their inception.
The foursome stops by Philly on Feb. 16 as part of the first leg of its long-awaited tour.
Danny Hunt and Reuben Wu formed the electro-pop/New Wave dance group after the two met at Liverpool University in 1998 and discovered a shared love for vintage synthesizers.
Their fem-bot rock sound was complete when the guys picked up Mira Aroyo and Helen Marnie while traveling through Eastern Europe.
After spending time experimenting with synth sounds in Liverpool, the foursome released their critically acclaimed debut album, 604, in 2001.
The record created quite a stir in the music scene in England and elsewhere in Europe, ultimately giving way to the birth of Synth-core.
The new electronic movement, copping much of the electro-pop and New Wave sounds of the early 1980s, swept through Western Europe and across the Atlantic to New York, where tracks from 604 were showing up on dance floors all over the city.
In early 2002, Ladytron decided to take their music-making efforts to North America, recording and producing the anticipated follow-up, Light and Magic, in Los Angeles with Mickey Petralia (Beck, Beastie Boys).
Light and Magic was released in late November of 2002 on L.A.’s Emperor Norton Records.
Their sophomore effort reinforces their innate ability to create danceable electronic-synth music with a devotion to pure pop songwriting and strong melodies.
The first single from Light and Magic, “Seventeen,” was released Nov. 4, and is maintaining a strong presence in the dance-music scene across Europe and North America.
To the surprise of none of their fans, Light and Magic was recently named as one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2002.”
And British music magazine NME has called Ladytron a “21st Century New Order.”
Music fans are enamored with the band aspect of Ladytron’s electro-pop sound that transcends the typical DJ with two turntables and/or a laptop.
The group continues to be darlings of the music press with the release of their second album.
Ladytron will be performing at the Trocadero Theater, 1003 Arch St., with Simian and Phaser.
For more information or tickets call 215-922-LIVE.
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