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Brian Ferry Thinks Alt-J Are 'Celebration Of Normality', They Think He's Naïve

Jul 20th 2013 | 1:14pm | Aarom Wilson
"I think when I was younger I had the opinion that if I was making music and art that my parents appreciated, I was probably doing a bad job,” smiles wryly Gwil Sainsbury, guitar noodler and bass boffin for Alt-J, aka the band with the most anti-square shape of the moment, ∆. “And my parents really love our record, so maybe I've just done a bad job.”

Though Alt-J's parents must now surely be full of praise for their world-conquering sons, one more serious criticism aimed at Alt-J came near the end of last year from one of the fathers of art-rock cool, Bryan Ferry. The Roxy Music maestro described Alt-J as a “celebration of normality”, even commenting that they were “one step from the dole queue”. In some ways this attack seems to be indicative of people's inability to effectively describe Alt-J's music, with common references to Coldplay and Radiohead both seeming rather misleading.

“It's not like we set out to make the next groundbreaking contemporary record,” Sainsbury shares. “Our intentions were maybe quite selfish. My intention was to make a record with my friends that I really liked, and that if we were gonna tour it, we'd not get sick of touring it. It was just about making the best thing we could make, and if the best thing you could make is a celebration of normality, we can't really help but do that.

“I'm perfectly happy for Bryan Ferry to have his opinion. Also, normality, I would consider that a very loaded word and I think he kind of used it in a very naïve way, in a way that he was sort of saying that we were kind of nice middle class kids, but I think normality is a lot more complex than being middle-class nice and I wouldn't like to think they we were normal in a way that I would interpret normal. So I think he might have used it in a flippant, naïve way.”

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Sunday 28th December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cloud Control + Cold War Kids + CW Stoneking + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Empire Of The Sun + Fishing + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Jamie xx + Joey Bada$$ + John Butler Trio + Kim Churchill + Kingswood + The Kite String Tangle + La Roux + Megan Washington + Milky Chance + Movement + The Presets + Remi + Run The Jewels + Safia + SBTRKT + Spiderbait + Sticky Fingers + The Temper Trap + Tensnake + Tkay Maidza + Todd Terje + Tycho + Vance Joy + Wolf Alice + Alison Wonderland + BadBadNotGood + Client Liaison + Salt N Pepa + AKA KLP + Tonight Only + The Horns of Leroy + Just A Gent + Japanese Wallpaper + Kilter + GRMM + Benson + The Melbourne Gospel Choir + The Rubens + Pierce Brothers + Torren Foot + UV Boi + Yahtzel + more + Falls Festival

Lorne, Lorne

Monday 29th December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

Lorne, Lorne

Monday 29th December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Empire Of The Sun + Big Freedia + Black Lips + CW Stoneking + La Roux + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + The Rubens + more + Falls Festival

Marion Bay, Marion Bay

Tuesday 30th December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

Lorne, Lorne

Tuesday 30th December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

Marion Bay, Marion Bay

Tuesday 30th December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Empire Of The Sun + Big Freedia + Black Lips + CW Stoneking + La Roux + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + AKA KLP + Tonight Only + Airling + The Moses Gunn Collective + The Rubens + more + Falls Festival

North Byron Parklands, North Ocean Shores

Wednesday 31st December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

Lorne, Lorne

Wednesday 31st December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

Marion Bay, Marion Bay

Wednesday 31st December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

North Byron Parklands, North Ocean Shores

Thursday 1st January

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

Lorne, Lorne

Thursday 1st January

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

Marion Bay, Marion Bay

Thursday 1st January

Falls Festival feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

North Byron Parklands, North Ocean Shores

Thursday 1st January

Field Day 2015 feat.
SBTRKT + Alt-J + Dillon Francis + Rufus + Bastille + Jamie xx + Danny Brown + Joey Bada$$ + Salt N Pepa + Peking Duk + Milky Chance + Todd Terje + Kaytranada + Tensnake + Cashmere Cat + Tycho + The Kite String Tangle + Glass Animals + Just Blaze + Thundamentals + Touch Sensitive + Golden Features + Friend Within + Mo + Kilter + Oisima + more + Field Day

The Domain, Sydney

Friday 2nd January

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Falls Festival + Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + more + Joey Bada$$

North Byron Parklands, North Ocean Shores

Saturday 3rd January

Southbound 2014 feat.
Alison Wonderland + Alt-J + Asgeir + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + John Butler Trio + Kim Churchill + The Kite String Tangle + Milky Chance + Movement + The Presets + Remi + Run The Jewels + Safia + Salt N Pepa + SBTRKT + Spiderbait + Sticky Fingers + The Temper Trap + Tkay Maidza + Todd Terje + Tycho + Vance Joy + Southbound Festival

Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton

Saturday 3rd January

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Asgeir + Big Freedia + Black Lips + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Dan Sultan + DMA's + Glass Animals + Jagwar Ma + Joey Bada$$ + more + Falls Festival

North Byron Parklands, North Ocean Shores

Friday 8th May

Alt-J

Riverstage, Brisbane

Saturday 9th May

Alt-J

Qantas Credit Union Arena, Darling Harbour

Sunday 10th May

Alt-J

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Wednesday 13th May

Alt-J

Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Hindmarsh

Friday 15th May

Alt-J

HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont

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