ONs Alex Noble and Charlie Burley, aka April Towers, release their debut album Certified Freaky on Friday 29th June.
To celebrate the release the lads will play a stripped-back show at Rough Trade, Broad Street on Thursday 5th July (free entry from 7pm). Later in July they headline Deerstock Festival, Newton and appear on the main stage at Y Not Festival, Pikehall, Derbyshire.
Alex and Charlie, both from the Class of 2009, hated each other at school. Then one day they were paired together in a science lesson and discovered they shared the same taste in music. They formed a rock band, which played at venues from The Old Angel to the Nottingham Arena. Academic life then intervened. Alex read History at the University of Nottingham and Charlie took a first in music production at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.
A new direction
In the summer of 2013 they started to collaborate on songs which reflected their love of electronic music. The first track they worked on together received a great response online. Consequently, the duo soon found themselves having to work out how to play their new material live. The first performance as April Towers was at the Jamcafé, Heathcoat Street in February 2014. While a few technical things went wrong, the audience reaction, particularly for the closer Tel Aviv, proved that something was very right.
Over the next couple of years the pair performed with familiar passion in many well-known Nottingham venues. They played at the Chameleon, JT Soar, Orange Tree, Spanky Van Dykes, Rough Trade, Bodega, Stealth, Rescue Rooms and Rock City. They also appeared at the Riverside, Waterfront, Dot2Dot and Hockley Hustle festivals. Radio 1 played their music. Furthermore, they signed with a London management company.
April Towers have since played gigs all around the UK, in Ireland and Europe. A high point along the way was the inclusion of A Little Bit of Fear on the soundtrack to FIFA16. The game sold one million copies in the UK in its first week of release. As a result music lovers have watched the track 786,283 times on YouTube.
After releasing a run of EPs Alex and Charlie went into Dean Street studios in Soho (where David Bowie recorded the Diamond Dogs LP) to record their debut album. A PledgeMusic campaign helped to fund mixing and mastering at the legendary Abbey Road studios. The result is Certified Freaky, named after the slogan on a t-shirt worn by Alex's father, Chris Noble ON.
If you like your pop electronic, or your electronic poppy, you will love Certified Freaky. You can find all things April Towers on their website.