ALTERN-8 (Live Show & Dj Set) on Saturday 5th June 2021
Altern-8 is a British rave duo, best known in the early 1990s, their trademark was loud electronic tracks with a heavy bass line. On stage and in music videos, such as that for 'Evapor-8', Altern-8's members wore facemasks and chemical warfare suits. The band was signed to Network Records based in Stratford House, Birmingham, England.
Altern-8 was formed in Stafford in 1990, as a side project to the already successful Nexus 21 (a name chosen because of its 'futuristic house sound'), when both members were aged 21. From the outset, the band's objective was to develop their style which was influenced by the musical elements of Detroit techno artists Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, as well as the Chicago house music sound of Phuture and early electronic pioneers such as Kraftwerk, although the claim that they were led by American artists at the time is completely at odds with the text tribute found in the inlay of their first album which actually credits Manchester-based British acid house group 808 State by thanking them for starting the UK rave scene. Nexus 21 produced one album, The Rhythm of Life.
Altern-8 tunes influenced many artists, with their mixture of the sounds of the Roland TB 303, 808 and 909 with break-beats and familiar samples. At the time in the UK, outdoor rave events were legal, and Altern-8 had a reputation for turning up to play at major unofficial events. They helped to define harder house tracks relying more heavily on bass and volume. The use of more bass and eclectic noises gradually evolved Altern-8's music away from the earlier house music style. The duo, dressed in chemical warfare suits and dancing 'like electrified monkeys', took part in a large number of live performances.
Is it possible to take Altern-8 seriously? It's impossible not to. Because behind the rave pantomime and the giant robots and the mask hysteria, this is music for a different generation. These people never wasted their lives waiting for the next punk to arrive. 1988 was their Year Zero. And it's still here. All you have to do is close your eyes.
This is about people with Kraftwerk and Pierre, Transmat and WARP, 808, 909 and 303 encoded in their DNA. This is a live transmission of the beat you can't defeat, sampled over and over and hideously mutated. If you don't understand it, you don't deserve to. This is the phuture, right now, and THIS is the sound of Altern-8.
tickets £12.00 (Trade Club Members) / £15.00 (Non-Members)
**THIS EVENT IS NOT TO BE MISSED**
Music Genres: Acid House, Breaks, Club Classics, Retro House, Techno
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