Voltaire Twins are a Perth-based indie dance quartet consisting of lead vocalists/synthesiser players Jaymes and Tegan, with drummer Matt and bass synthesiser player Jack.
The band’s latest single Animalia was launched at a sell-out show in Perth in August 2011, and soon gained high rotation on Triple J, Fbi and RTRFM in Australia. It was released in the US in November 2011 debuted at #36 on the USA college radio charts.
The accompanying music video by Perth film maker Ben Young took out Gold at the ACA awards and was voted the 7th most popular video of the year by viewers of ABCTV’s Rage.
The band has toured Australia extensively, including a three week sold-out stint supporting Tim & Jean on their Like What album tour in May 2011.
In October 2010, Voltaire Twins travelled to New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon, where they performed with The Jezabels, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Darren Hanlon and Daniel Lanois.
The band has received remixes from European disco producers Lifelike (France), Moullinex (Portugal/Germany) and JBAG (France/UK), and their track D.I.L. was featured on French tastemaker label Kitsune’s 2010 Kitsune x Ponystep compilation CD and vinyl release.
The band has enjoyed widespread international blog attention from the likes of Lost at E Minor, The Coolhunter and Nylon Magazine. The Moullinex remix of Romulus reached the Hype Machine’s top ten most downloaded, blogged and listened to tracks in December 2011.
The Voltaire Twins story began in 2008, when the then two-piece, consisting of siblings Jaymes and Tegan won the Triple J Unearthed Parklife competition.
The then-two-piece band was swept up onto the festival circuit, playing at Parklife, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Groovin the Moo, Good Vibrations, Summadayze and One Movement for Music.
The band soon attracted offers to support Ladytron, Maximo Park, Midnight Juggernauts and Art vs Science and, more recently, Gold Fields, Alpine and Bleeding Knees Club.
Winner, Triple j unearthed Parklife Competition - Sept 2008
Parklife Festival - Sept 2008
Support Act, Ladytron (UK)- Oct 2008
Support Act, So So Modern (NZ) - Oct 2008
Support Act, Gameboy/Gamegirl (AUS)- Oct 2008
Support Act, Walter Meego (US) - Dec 2008
Summerdayze Festival Perth - Jan 2009
Good Vibrations Festival - Feb 2009
Support Act, Lost Valentinos - Apr 2009
WAMi Award Nominee – Best Electronic Act - May 2009
WAMi Award Nominee – Jaymes Voltaire, Best Instrumentalist - May 2009
Support Act, Art Vs Science - Aug 2009
Support Act, Dukes of Windsor (AUS) - June 2009
Parklife Festival Perth - Sept 2009
One Movement For Music Perth - Oct 2009
Northbridge Festival - Nov 2009
Support Act, Maximo Park (UK) - Nov 2009
PICA Annual Opening Party - Jan 2010
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival - Feb 2010
Groovin the Moo Bunbury - May 2010
CMJ Music Marathon, New York - Oct 2010
Tim and Jean 'Like What' National Tour Support - April 2011
Jaymes - VOX, Synth
Tegan - VOX, Synth
Jack - Percussion, Synth
Matt Gio - Drums / Percussion
'D.I.L' Single released September 2009
'Cabin Fever' EP released June 2010
'Animalia' Single released August 2011
'Romulus' EP released October 2011
All original music - 45 minute sets