alt-J bond with Mark Wheat and perform stripped-down songs in The Current studio

alt-J perform a stripped-down version of their song "Deadcrush" off their 2017 album "Relaxer," live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • alt-J - Tessellate (Live on The Current) 02:57
  • alt-J - 3WW (Live on The Current) 04:18

When alt-J came in to The Current studio, little did they know it would feel like a reunion of sorts. Before their show at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman of alt-J stopped at The Current studio to play stripped-down versions of their songs. The Current's Mark Wheat hosted the session, and it turns out Wheat and the band members share a lot in common.

Specifically, Mark and Gus share common ties to Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, England. And Mark — like all the members of alt-J — is an alumnus of Leeds University.

Listen to the complete in-studio session to hear more from alt-J, listen to them reminisnce with Mark, and hear about how and why the band's inception at Leeds University proved so critical to their musical style and approach.

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Songs Performed


"Deadcrush"
"Tessellate"
"3WW"
The first and third songs are from alt-J's 2017 album, Relaxer; the second song is from alt-J's 2012 album, An Awesome Wave, both released by Infectious Music and distributed in the U.S. by Atlantic Records.

Hosted by Mark Wheat
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Jules Ameel
Web feature by Luke Taylor

Resources


alt-J official site

University of Leeds

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    Joe Newman and Gus Unger-Hamilton of alt-J perform a stripped-down set in The Current studio. (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • alt-J perform in The Current studio
    Joe Newman of alt-J in The Current studio. (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • alt-J perform in The Current studio
    Gus Unger-Hamilton of alt-J performs in The Current studio. (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • alt-J perform in The Current studio
    Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman of alt-J perform a stripped-down set in The Current studio. (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • alt-J perform in The Current studio
    alt-J perform a stripped-down set in The Current studio. (Jules Ameel for MPR)

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