Just last week, alt-J won the UK's prestigious Mercury Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave. "We are not really used to all this," says guitarist Joe Newman. "We're bowled over beyond belief. We are going to go and get really pissed. Christ - we've just won a Mercury award." The annual music prize is awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland with past winners including PJ Harvey, Portishead, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, and The xx.
Don't take this great accolade as any sign of the band slowing down. Today, alt-J have released the music video for "Fitzpleasure" from the band's debut album, out now via Canvasback. This enthralling black and white video features several different street scenes involving a slew of obscure characters and situations. From a street dancer with backwards arms to an old man with a face on each side of his head, it's difficult to take your eyes away from these artistic and bizarre settings.
alt-J have also announced their return to the U.S. this December, making stops along the West Coast and in the Midwest. The band will start off in San Francisco on December 11 and end in Seattle on December 17. Ticket can be purchased here: http://altjband.com/tickets/.
Upcoming Tour Dates12/11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill * (SOLD OUT)
12/12 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater
12/13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
12/15 - Portland, OR - Star Theater *
12/16 - Kansas City, MO - XXXMas Night 3 @ The Midland Theater #
12/17 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile * (SOLD OUT)
* Wildcat! Wildcat! supporting
# with Passion Pit