GRAMMY Award winning UK-based electronic quartet, Clean Bandit, brings their unique brand of electronica, house, classical, garage, R&B, and more, to a sold out Metro, 3730 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, at 8:00pm. Opening Act is MEG MAC. Clean Bandit are supporting their debut full-length entitled, New Eyes (released June 2nd, 2014). The band received a GRAMMY Award in the Best Dance Recording category for their international smash single, “Rather Be” (featuring Jess Glynne) at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
“So you think electronic music is boring? You think it’s stupid? You think it’s repetitive? Well, it is repetitive.” The opening words to “Mozart’s House,” Clean Bandits’ entrance into the world of dance music, were very different from your standard dance floor anthem. But then, so was their path – and so is their approach to music.
Clean Bandit are brothers Jack Patterson (bass, keyboards) and Luke Patterson (drums), alongside Grace Chatto (cello) and Neil Amin-Smith (violin). The foursome came together in the studious air of Cambridge University and classical music. Here, Grace Chatto and Neil Amin-Smith, who performed together from the age of five in North London, were one half of a string quartet. Grace’s boyfriend Jack Patterson began “writing beats and basslines to little snippets of recordings of our concerts to create something different for the people who were coming”, explains Grace.
This led to a club night – the National Rail Disco – and a feverish burst of creativity. “We wrote about 10 songs in two weeks,” says Grace. “One of the most productive time we’ve ever had and that was five years ago.” The quartet performed perched on bar stools while Jack triggered beats from his laptop and friend and regular collaborator Love Ssega MCed. It was the string quartets’ audience and they had no idea what to expect, but the experimental fusion of electronic and classical was a huge success. And the lives of the band changed forever that night. “We knew immediately we wanted to do it seriously,” says Grace.
The club nights continued, with Neil getting ever more into his DJing and the post-dubstep scene (James Blake was an early booking for National Rail Disco). Jack’s brother Luke joined on drums and the creative process continued during Jack and Grace’s extended stay in Russia (her studying Russian; him at film school and working as an exhibition designer), from where they also took their name – Clean Bandit is the literal English translation of a Russian expression meaning ‘utter bastard’.
Citing label mates Rudimental and tour partners Disclosure as inspiration, Clean Bandit are the newest part of an upsurge of British dance music that makes as much sense onstage and in the charts – singles and albums – as in the clubs. “They have given us a lot of confidence, definitely. When we first started we didn’t know about them, there was only Basement Jaxx [as an example of a successful dance group] and they were not really doing anything at the time,” says Neil. The band co-wrote “Extraordinary,” “Rather Be” and “Dust Clears” with Jimmy Napes – the man behind hits for Disclosure, Naughty Boy and more. [from Clean Bandit biography]
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View “Rather Be” (featuring Jess Glynne) by Clean Bandit on YouTube here and listen to Real Love by Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne on SoundCloud here.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
3730 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Doors: 7:00 p.m. / Show: 8:00 p.m.
THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT.