The British IBM
Archive, play-list additions, Rock, rock and roll 04 Sep , 2012 | 1:38 pm | Network
Location: Cambridge, NA, UK
Description: Taking the ramshackle charm of Guided By Voices at their most melodic and adding a boyish enthusiasm that tips its hat to both Weezer and Matthew Sweet.
Biography: the British IBM are currently in the studio working on their debut album and have a UK tour coming up at the end of July 2012.
|Location: Cambridge, NA, UK|
|Description: Taking the ramshackle charm of Guided By Voices at their most melodic and adding a boyish enthusiasm that tips its hat to both Weezer and Matthew Sweet.|
|Biography:the British IBM are currently in the studio working on their debut album and have a UK tour coming up at the end of July 2012.
The band was started by retro enthusiast and singer/songwriter Aidy as a way of combining indie rock with the aesthetics of vintage computing. Aidy, Paul and David have already played and toured together under the ‘Aidy’ name for over two years but ‘the British IBM’ was officially born on the 1st January 2012.
Before that Aidy was a solo artist releasing multiple albums, and has built up a small but loyal online following with his quirky projects such as the release of a single sold only on 3.5″ floppy and the 2010 Song A Week project. This involved the release of one new song every Friday for an entire year resulting in a 53 track album simply entitled ‘Song A Week’ available as a free download at www.Aidy.com
The band was officially formed towards the end of last year by singer/songwriter Aidy Killens and two other local musicians; Dave Martin (bass) and Paul Richards (drums). After several years of playing and touring together under various guises the three friends have now re-branded as The British IBM and are currently recording their debut album at Half-Ton Studios in Cambridge. For nearly a decade Aidy’s performed his solo material alone or with a revolving door band of musicians that came and went as the gigs required before meeting Dave and Paul, who decided to stick with him and the revolving door seemed to become a thing of the past.The band’s name also has local origins; it was taken from a line spoken by Martin Freeman in the film, Micro Men. Another link is a BBC drama that charted the rise and fall of two Cambridge based IT companies Acorn and Sinclair, whom during the eighties were responsible for the Sinclair Spectrum and BBC Micro.