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Black Bikini Alpha

ArtForm: CityShowcase Act/Composer

***Winners of Best Indie Song at the 2009 EMA Awards for ‘Nightmare’***

“O”    Vocals/Guitar/Electronica
Darren      Bass/Vocals

When trying to break up a fight that had erupted in a local pub where “O” used to promote gigs, he wondered for a moment whether there was an easier way to make a living - the response was a resounding NO.  Music was the only living that he wanted to make.

Even a band trip to New York organised by an obsessed fan who turned out to be a schizophrenic wasn’t enough to quell his and Darren’s passion for a career in music. It’s just all part and parcel of being in a band!

After a few false starts with a powerpop, thrash punk band “O” decided he wanted to deliver something more than a 2-chord cynical rant on speed. He met Darren at a local rehearsal studio and they played in various different bands together for the next few years. When their old singer left and other band members drifted off  “O” decided to try his luck at singing and they became the duo, Black Bikini Alpha.

The band morphed into an electro-punk rock outfit, brought together over a love of gritty, hard hitting but uplifting music. For them, it’s about the songs and making that important connection with people – on record and live. 

The songs are inspired by growing up, living and working in London. The themes are wide ranging from, describing post-7/7 tension in ‘London Town is Falling Down’ through to the importance of hope in times of adversity on ‘Reason To Believe’, and down to the late night underworld sleaze of ‘Dance Like A…’.   Their song ‘Nightmare’ won Best Indie Song at the 2009 EMA Awards.  Their anthemic song about sexual experimentation ‘Kicking and Screaming’ was included in the ‘BEST OF’ selection on the BBC6 Music Tom Robinson show and has also been picked up by  DC Shoes for a worldwide online advertising campaign.  Their song ‘Swag’ was released on a US compilation and is now on rotation on Californian Radio. They’ve been touring UK extensively in support of their debut single release and have been interviewed by Kerrang!, BBC Bristol and BBC Cambridge amongst many others, along the way.

Black Bikini Alpha’s energetic and evocative live show has earned them main support slots with Fun Lovin’Criminals, Reef and Feeder. They also spent a few weeks gigging in New York which was organised by an obsessed fan who turned out to be a schizophrenic !

Catch them now before they explode and say you were there at the beginning….


So far we’ve released two singles and one album on our own label and this is what people are saying about the band:-

Zane Lowe and his team
“We love Nightmare”

FUSE magazine
“ ‘London Town Is Falling Down’ is probably the most exciting debut single of the year so far !
It is a thoroughly exhilarating three minutes. Baying synths, growling bass, buzzing guitars and vocals with attitude add up to electro-indie that forces the fledgling genre to grow up and take a closer look at itself.”

Kerrang! Radio
“A modern day Clash with an angry young Bowie on vocals…tough, fresh, rocking, modern; this band are destined for big things !”

Fierce Panda Records
“Full of spiky guitars and grumpy energy.”
“ ‘London Town Is Falling Down’ well, what can we say - a frenzied panic attacking club floor carnage ensuing electro beast, vocals that sound like they were cultured from the DNA cross matching of Psychedelic Furs Richard Butler and punk poet John Cooper Clarke, brief stylised lyrical nibbles at the Ramones ’Blitzkrieg Bop’, Bowie’s ’fashion’ and the Boomtown Rats ’Rat Trap’. Did we mention it was anthemic - it is and to the point that it has it tattooed on its arse in big bold f**k off capital letters !!”

Damn Pest – Live review
“This band look and sound impeccable, lean and forceful. A volley of titanium bolts off the stage.
They get on and attack their instruments with a vigour and passion not seen in a long while." 

DJ Fire – Bournemouth
“Very fresh and in your face, in the style of Bloc Party or Kasabian, whilst also very reminiscent and comparable to the likes of The Jam or The Clash. Been playing the single at home and on a personal level it's f*cking awesome !

Biog as provided for City Showcase 2010

Featuring In:

Black Bikini Alpha in Lee Jeans
Thursday 06.05.2010
City Showcase at RTTB 2010
Sunday 26.09.2010
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