Dan Nicholls – keys
Matt Calvert – guitars/synths
Dave Smith - drums
Formed of keyboardist Dan Nicholls (who has worked with Matthew Herbert), drummer Dave Smith (Robert Plant’s band) and guitar and synth man Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers, Heritage Orchestra), Strobes has created, via their debut release Brokespeak, a sound that eschews genre and feels free from time-stamps.
They are an intensely high-octane group that fire off frantic tempos and intricate complexities, yet they also retain an accessibility through fluid grooves and an engaging sense of melodic intuition.
Conjuring big beats and a vast array of sonic possibilities, Strobes’ music flickers effortlessly between the worlds of electro-improv, minimalist polyrhythm, Afrocentric grooves and distinctively original hooks. Built from collective composition, studio production, live sampling and improv jams, the music ranges from fiery, exhilarating odd-tempo loops, to polyphonic synth soundscapes and, according to TheArtsDesk, 'beats that make loose clothing shimmer and earrings rattle'.
'Staggering' – Clash Magazine
'Fabulous...an alt rock muscular gentle giant' – BBC 6 Music
'A stunning debut' – The Afterword
The supporting artist for this concert is Kollega, a wonky electro-jazz quartet from Lancaster playing all originals. Fusing loops, irreverent samples, live processed bass and tiny analogue synths with acoustic drums and tenor sax they paint a "uniquely organic" futuristic soundscape over some big funky grooves “creating works that are extraordinarily musical, animated and captivating”. Continuing the age-old tradition of fusing new stuff into jazz and dealing with modern imagery and the potential future dystopian situation we are lurching towards, this is definitely music for the next generation.