Here’s an interesting fact… Alt-J (if you type it into a Mac) is the keyboard shortcut to make a triangle symbol. Pretty cool eh! Well apparently, the band themselves don’t really think they are, and have actually labelled themselves as, “oddball geeks.”

The guy’s who met at Leeds University back in 2007, picked up the award hosted at London’s Camden Roundhouse, beating 12 acts in the process including, Plan B, Pulp’s Richard Hawley, Jessie Ware and Django Django, to the Album Of The Year for, An Awesome Wave.

When the lads went to collect the award they thanked their parents for, “not making them get jobs.” Kid’s… not having a job is not cool, but working really hard to achieve something what you really want, is! I’m glad we’ve cleared that up!

The Mercury Music prize, which is now 21 years old, has a serious list of previous winners that includes the likes of Elbow, Arctic Monkeys, The XX, Florence & The Machine, and last year’s winner PJ Harvey. Clearly, not an award to be taken lightly. Word on the street is that back in January, ALT-J frontman Joe Newman’s dad tried to bet on them winning the award, but they were that obscure that nobody would take the bet on! …Gutted.

If you’ve not heard the album that won them the award yet, then i suggest that you make some time to do so…. Simple.

You can listen right here:


Alt-J performing live earlier in the evening.

An Awesome Wave, album cover.

03. November 2012 by jnj
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