Hailing from South Shields on England's North East coast, this trio's big splash came with the release of their album U_nderscore on Static Caravan last year. DeathRowRadio, as is their full verbal monicker, were showered in favourable comparisons to Mogwai, Hood, Ulrich Schnauss and even Godspeed You Black Emperor. There's a convincing argument though that these (often baffling) comparisons barely do the band justice, that their liquid keyboard lines, solidly rooted rhythms and sensitively pristine productions leave those other acts in their wake. Live guitars, beats and keyboards engage sonically and physically with laptop conjuring. But perhaps their greatest weapon is the marriage of their intricately designed sound with their blatant yearning for emotive melody. In this sense they sound like a less computerised To Rococo Rot: clearly software plays a big part in their final product, but not before the earthy addition of human hands on strings and keys. Complex composition and faultless assembly are merely the icing on a dream-inducing cake.
DeathRowRadio have spent the last 12 months constructing tracks for a full-length follow-up to U_nderscore, some of which will be premiered at version. In fact, they’ve never played any of their tracks live before because, luckily for us, their appearance at Version will be their first ever live show.