STRANGERS is the dark-pop brainchild of prolific songwriter David Maddox-Jones, previously frontman for Parlophone-signees The Departure. Saturated with a love of dark synths, huge pounding 80’s pop rhythms and arena-enthralling choruses, Maddox-Jones teamed up with stalwart mixer /producer Glen Nicholls (The Prodigy, Depeche Mode, UNKLE, Snow Patrol, Everything Everything, White Lies, Ladyhawke, Mylo, Armand Van Helden) in late 2010. And so, with the addition of band mates Raife Hacking and Piers Sherwood-Roberts, STRANGERS was born.
Fast-forward to March 2011, the band unleashed their first recorded offering, EP1, into the digital world. Virally propelled by the dark and enigmatic video for lead track In Chaos coupled with an ambient remix by Paper Crows, the free-to-download EP received a positively reaction from a spread of tastemaker music sites and blogs, followed by the lead track itself receiving several plays and notes of high praise from regional and national stations.
On 4th July 2011, the band put out their debut physical release, in the form of a double-A side single for new track It Was A Sin and If I Found Love taken from EP1, through Killing Moon Records, the record label wing of London-based music site Killing Moon Limited. Each track shows a different facet of what is fast becoming known as the band’s trademark sound, along with a free-to-download remix of It Was A Sin from the scene’s current forerunner Forgold, whose previous credits include remixes for Foe, The Wanted, The Milk and Pete Lawrie. This vinyl-only release, available from all good London indie record shops and via the Killing Moon Records online store, precludes STRANGERS’ second digital EP release, EP2, out on Stranger Sounds on 18th July.
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