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Published on September 21st, 2012 | by Chris Morley


review: The British IBM- The British IBM

The British IBM- The British IBM

Computer-music geeks. That’s what you thought when you read the name, right? A description as ‘ retro enthusiasts’ probably wouldn’t help. But this lot aren’t too busy digging out their Commodore 64s to make what is rather catchy poppy rock- not a million miles away from the Vaselines ( a dynamic similar to that between Eugene Kelly & Frances McKee running throughout, Sub Pop’s The Way Of The Vaselines compilation probably the best starting point, Molly’s Lips and Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeamtried and tested).

[media-credit name=”The British IBM” align=”aligncenter” width=”375″][/media-credit]Organics over mechanics seems to be the credo, catchy melodies the hook that draws you in, drums beating out the indie equivalent of marching time rhythm in interplay with guitars which positively chime. If this is what the real employees at IBM do between shifts, more please!


The British IBM, formed by retro enthusiast and singer-songwriter Adrian Killens combine nerdy delights – indie rock and vintage computing in their eponymous debut.

The latest single released from the album, also eponymously titled, was featured by Artrocker and gained rave reviews across the web. Released on the anniversary of the founding of Intel, its video featured comedian/presenter and fellow retro games enthusiast Iain Lee as well as a whole host of props and clothes hoarded from Ebay and charity shops to display that geeky aesthetic (also used in their live shows). They’ve created a little world, in the same way that Sleep Party People find comfort in their jammies, The British IBM are warmed by the buzz of computers.

Even though some songs are loosely based on “retro computing” themes, The British IBM aren’t a comedy or chip tune type band with songs about micro chips and commodore 64s etc. It’s more about the human story; what goes on behind the screens. The music is soft, vintage and visceral.

Prior to forming The British IBM, Adrian has enjoyed success as a solo artist. Previous projects include releasing a single sold only on a 3.5” Floppy disc, and the 2010 ‘Song A Week’ project which saw the artist release a new song every Friday for an entire year. The result is a 53-track album, simply titled, ‘Song A Week’ under his pseudonym ‘Aidy’.

Recorded at Half-Ton Studios in Cambridge with acclaimed producer Neil Rogers, the release consists of 10 original tracks, featuring a wide selection of special guests. The first single to be released from the album, ‘Animal’, has been warmly received by critics and fans alike, backed by a lively cartoon video made by Jose C at Ridertoons. Adrian Killens is joined by an innovative rhythm section featuring bassist David Martin and drummer Paul Richards.


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