Alt-J performs in The Current studio

Alt-J performs "Fitzpleasure" live in the studio on 89.3 The Current. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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Alt J performs live in The Current's studio
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Britain's Alt-J burst onto the scene earlier this year on the strength of their single "Fitzpleasure," a misshapen indie-folk track with a growling, grinding electronic bassline and scarcely intelligible lyrical allusions to Hubert Selby Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn. The quartet is also known as ∆, a symbol created using the "alt" and "J" keys on a keyboard, and was formed in 2007 by four college friends.

The group released their full-length debut An Awesome Wave earlier this year on the UK label Infectious Music, Ltd, with a US release by Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records. An Awesome Wave features some of the strangest, most untaggable music this side of the electronic and noise underground, but still retains an imaginative, playful indie-pop appeal. This fall, Alt-J find themselves on an extensive American tour.

Alt-J stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs and chat with Bill DeVille.

Songs played: "Tesselate," "Fitzpleasure" and "Bloodflood."

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  • Guitarist Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J in The Current studio.
    Guitarist Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Singer Joe Newman of Alt-J in the Current studio.
    Singer Joe Newman of Alt-J in the Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Joe Newman and Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J in The Current studio.
    Joe Newman and Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Drummer Thom Green of Alt-J in The Current studio.
    Drummer Thom Green of Alt-J in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J in The Current studio.
    Keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Guitarist Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J in The Current studio.
    Guitarist Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Guitarist Gwil Sainsbury and keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J in The Current studio.
    Guitarist Gwil Sainsbury and keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • British indie-pop oddballs Alt-J.
    British indie-pop oddballs Alt-J. (Photo by Gabriel Greene / Courtesy of Atlantic Records)