∆ (pronounced Alt-j) came together whilst they were all studying their 2nd year at Leeds university in 2008, when Joe showed Gwil, Gus and Thom some songs he’d written over the past few years. A small set was quickly developed using these and newly-written songs, and the band began to build a modest reputation through some crammed gigs in their front room. A name change followed (the band was previously known as FILMS) and now ∆ are currently working on their debut album.
Their music, which they uncertainly label (for want of a better name) jump- or trip-folk, has, in their words, a pert and merciless sound. The sound is pushed and pulled, borrowing and wedging various lo-fi, hip hop and folky pockets to make a haunting and original mulch.