Robin Guthrie was the chief sound architect of Cocteau Twins, and his reverb-drenched guitar textures have had a significant impact on alternative music since the early '80s. Numerous acts have emulated his style, and several others -- including Felt, the Gun Club, the Veldt, Ian McCulloch, Lush, and Lift to Experience -- have enlisted his production skills.
Along with Cocteau Twins partner Simon Raymonde, Guthrie launched the Bella Union label during the '90s for splinter projects and artists they wanted to help nurture. Guthrie continued running the label during his new band Violet Indiana's late-'90s/early-2000s run.Over the last decade he has released a series of challenging, excellent records - albums, EPs and soundtracks whilst based in France and brings his current three-piece band to the UK for a rare but highly anticipated tour.
Mark Gardener was the frontman of iconic shoegaze/Britpop band Ride. Since the band's demise in the late '90's he has flourished as a sought after record producer and released occasional solo records. He released the joint single 'The Places We Go' with Robin Guthrie earlier this year, a collaboration they hope to continue on this tour.
The Astral Plain are a 3 piece Halifax based band that fuse electronic drum beats and guitar with melodic bass lines and male and female vocals using loop-station technology.
Formed in 2009 the astral plain have scaled down their outfit from a full band outfit to a 3 peice, replacing their drummer with live - looped sample based beats. Influenced by bands like Joy Division and Depeche Mode, The Astral Plain maintain, driving repetative drum and guitar sounds while letting the bass dictate the direction of the songs, Allowing their blend of vocals to deliver their attentive and well-considered lyrics.