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"Producing some of the most exciting sounds you could ever hear"

Post War Years prefer to rip up the directions and plan their own electronic route through post-punk/rock/prog whatever......tonight's performance proves they've never been better. With mesmerising movements, PWY turn the physical act of pressing buttons into an art form, as well as producing some of the most exciting sounds you could ever hear from a wired-up plastic box. After a set of frantic abandon, the band reveal their plans to disappear into the studio for a while to record their follow-up album, leaving an electric promise among a sated crowd. - Clash Magazine


"Never fail to impress"

Post War Years never fail to impress and tonight their bass-heavy sounds, erratic electronic arrangements and onstage brooding make for a fine show. - Artrocker


"Crafting angular, smart constructs from the art-pop gospel of serrated math rock"

Here come the serious men, crafting angular, smart constructs from the art-pop gospel of serrated math rock, fidget electronica, nervy funk and three-way harmonies. - The Independent


"Coming from the same place as, say, Hot Chip, of Tom Vek"

Never mind postwar; this London-based band are defiantly post-rock. Coming from the same kind of place as, say, Hot Chip, or Tom Vek, Post War Years are over rock music in its traditional format and instead approach it by stealth through the medium of synths, sequencers and sampling.....tracks such as debut single and current one Soul Owl employing a mixture of driving beats and coy, very English vocals. As good as it all is, there's a tendency for tidiness and tastefulness in such a young band, but if they let go their moorings, they could go as far out as the groups they clearly admire. - The Guardian


"Head first into a pool of breath-taking Bjork ambience"

Brimming with musical treats, deep, syrupy vocals and a sharp tempo full of sparkling energy, 'Soul Owl' is uniquely crafted with lyrics swamped with earnest emotion. Pushing you head first into a pool of breath-taking Bjork ambience, harmonised bass and soaring melodies, Post War Years have created an innovative and intelligent sound that should not be overlooked. - The Fly


"Dose upon dose of dirty sucker-punch keys onto production nicked straight from ‘In Rainbows’"

Dose upon dose of dirty sucker-punch keys onto production nicked straight from ‘In Rainbows’……You should have them in your sightline because The Greats And The Happenings proves Post War Years are worthy contenders - NME


"Dose upon dose of dirty sucker-punch keys onto production nicked straight from ‘In Rainbows’"

Dose upon dose of dirty sucker-punch keys onto production nicked straight from ‘In Rainbows’……You should have them in your sightline because The Greats And The Happenings proves Post War Years are worthy contenders - NME


""Especially Brilliant""

Hotly tipped Leamington Spa band Post War Years released their first single on Chess Club records recently, and made this shiny video to go with it.

‘Black Morning’s piano riff and groove gives a nod to early ‘90s rave, but the song is far from dayglo. The video, too, is (apologies in advance for this) more new ‘grave’ than new rave with the band performing ‘The Black Morning’ ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’-style in front of a back street brick archway, while the timing is skewed to jerky, arrhythmic effect. Gritty.

The single is backed with two tracks, ‘Latin Holiday’ and the especially brilliant ‘You And Me Both’. - Rockfeedback


"One of the best in recent memory"

“Black Morning….an animated drumbeat and a chorus of cascading synths and handclaps that goes down as one of the best in recent memory.” - goodweatherforairstrikes.com


"Doesn't that sound awesome? No it is"

We are now enjoying another import from Leamington Spa known as the Post War Years. "You And Me Both" is the b-side to their new Chess Club single "Black Morning" and we are giving it constant rewind presently. It's sort of a mix of prog and rave and jazz. Doesn't that sound awesome? No it is. - Fader (USA) May 2008


"Super-Talented"

“Super-Talented band from Leamington Spa….cleverly reinvented that spiky, quirky, whimsical strand of pop first patented by XTC.” - The Times UK


"One's to Watch"

"...they've got the tunes and the ability and are indisputably ones to watch in 2008". - Rough Trade UK


"this sort of “thinking outside the box” in pop should be awarded"

“Another masterpiece in production and mood elevation, throwing disparate genres together, stringing them together with hooks and an openness to reinterpret every section differently throughout, this sort of “thinking outside the box” in pop should be awarded, something simple, straight forward, can be powerful, evocative even, but with this much to get your head around in one song, how could you ever be disappointed? Genius…” - www.subba-culture.com (Single of the month)


"Dose upon dose of dirty sucker-punch keys onto production nicked straight from ‘In Rainbows’"

Dose upon dose of dirty sucker-punch keys onto production nicked straight from ‘In Rainbows’……You should have them in your sightline because The Greats And The Happenings proves Post War Years are worthy contenders - NME


"Intelligent and hooky funkiness"

“Accomplished art-pop from this four-piece to say the least with vocal harmonies that could grace Crosby Stills Nash and Young and the overall groove isn't that far from a Californian summer of love mood. An 80's house piano drives their debut single 'Black Morning' (Chess Club Records) along while the guitar lines inter-lock in FOALS-type workout. But things get more interesting ... stop-starts, rhythm changes, organ and guitar riffs that recall the best of long lost Tom Vek, sorely missed Clor and the fuzzed up prog of Late of The Pier. Intelligent and hooky funkiness closer to Talking Heads than the abrasions of Gang of Four or Joy Division and very danceable.” - Artrocker April 2008


"The latest pretenders to the throne"

“So regal is their approximation of the epic-rock sound, see what I did there, guys?, they look to be the latest pretenders to the throne. Or, as Spinal Tap put it, they ply “the majesty of rock, the fantasy of roll” - www.uk-fusion.com


"They are creating the sound of 2008"

“…they are creating the sound of 2008” - Gigwise


Discography

March 08 Chess Club Records Black Morning

March 09 Chess Club Records Whole World On Its Head

May 09 Wealth Recordings The Greats And The Happenings

October 09 Wealth Recordings Soul Owl

June 10 Wealth Recordings White Lies

Future;
Single and 2nd album January 11 on Wealth Recordings

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Bio

Originally from Leamington Spa, Post War Years have been firmly camped in East London for 3 years and are now putting the finishing touches to their 2nd album with James Rutledge (Transgressive Producers).

Following their debut The Great And The Happenings, the four piece have spent the summer playing only European festivals following a hugely successful Eurosonic in January.

The new album is due out in the UK in January and marks a departure from the more angular sound of their debut. James and the band have produced a mixture of rich layered electronics with a more rounded overall sound.

Touring kicks off in the UK in January for the first single and album with some one off shows in London in November.