alt-J Talk Radiohead Inspirations, Why They Consider Themselves a “Folk Band,” and the Need for Catchy Songs

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alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton leaves very little off the kitchen table in this installment of Kyle Meredith With…. The keyboardist and vocalist details their immersive new 3-D sound project, the challenges of performing their music live, and why catchy songs are crucial.

He also digresses on why alt-J considers themselves a “folk band,” how Radiohead inspired their latest single, “Hares On the Mountain”, the reasoning behind reworking the lyrics to “House of the Rising Sun”, and the thrill of winning the Mercury Prize.

Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Rate the series now via iTunes.

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