Old School Tie

Old School Tie

 Malmesbury, England, GBR

OST, (aka Old School Tie), is a four-piece alternative/rock/electronica/dance band made up of two pairs of brothers, who have been together since 2003. OST gig mainly in the London area, with regular forays to their "home turf" in the South West and frequent gigs in the UK Midlands.


Eight years ago, two pairs of brothers didn't so much converge as collide somewhere in Wiltshire before relocating to Birmingham and beginning their journey as OST, (aka "Old School Tie"). Evolving from an instrumental tempest into a Birmingham basement-roving bottle band, OST now play venues further afield to support their latest, (and seventh), self-released, self-funded CD, "So Many Souls".

OST is an 'emotronic', rock four-piece band. With their brew of dance, electro, dub and rock, the Band has gained recognition in the United States, (their song "God's Electric Superscene" received 65,000-plus US downloads) and in Europe, playing a 12-day tour of Norway in 2009. Originally from Malmesbury in North Wiltshire, the band is comprised of the Cameron brothers, (James, guitars and lead vocals and Dan: drums and backing vocals) and the Unwins: (Mike: guitars, keys, percussion and backing vocals, and Chris: bass guitar and backing vocals).

Formed in 2003, when the boys were pupils at Malmesbury School, OST "gravitated" to Birmingham when the band members all studied at Midland universities. The Band became extremely well-known and popular performing on the Midlands circuit, with regular forays to "home turf", (Bristol/Bath/Swindon), and increasingly frequent shows in London. Now based in London, they perform regularly at venues such as 93 Feet East, Proud Galleries, Monto Water Rats, the Dublin Castle, and Camden Barfly.

Live, OST literally exploded onto the Birmingham music scene, once turning the final 20 minutes of their set into a drum and bass freestyle after a power cut disabled their trusty keyboard.

OST's live performances are always keenly anticipated and enthusiastically received. Their clever, thoughtful and intelligent music is steadily and unobtrusively building a strong and loyal following of OST "cognoscente", who ensure their gigs are invariably well-attended.

OST, who list their main influences as Bloc Party, Muse, Biffy Clyro, Radiohead, Faithless and Daft Punk, recently supported the much in demand Delphic. They have had numerous other notable support slots, including Shy FX, The Infadels, Oceansize, The Anomalies, Ozric Tentacles and Blackbud over the last four years.

They have played The 2000 Trees, Birmingham ArtsFest, Kingston Green Fair, and Festivale Festivals, the MoonFest Party, and their own FieldView Festival (which has sold out for three years in succession). Highlights in 2010, besides supporting The Ozric Tentacles, were headlining The Swindon Shuffle, (labelled the UK's biggest unsigned music festival for the second year in succession), playing a prime-time slot on the Chamberlain Square Stage at the Birmingham ArtsFest, and performing at the Godiva (Coventry), 2000 Trees (Cheltenham), Wyeside (Hereford), Bridgebash (Worcester) Festivals.

2011 credits include:
PlayFest (Norwich) - May
Beach Break Live (S.Wales) - June
2000 Trees (Cheltenham) - July
Keynsham Festival (Bath) - July
FieldView (Malmesbury) - August
Swindon Shuffle (Wilts) - August


"So Many Souls" 2010
"The Live Sessions" 2009
"Mystery Sound Playground" - 2008
"You Borrow from Tomrrow" - 2007
"The Addict" - 2006
"The Preacher" - 2005
"Oldman" & "Epic Song" - 2004

Set List

1. Promises
2. Wasteland
3. Fireflies
4. Across the Skyline
5. Sunsets & Silence
6. We Are Machines
7. God's Electric Superscene
8. Blindfolds
9. Hold On
10. Opportunities
Set length - 35 minutes to 1 hour (as required)