On Tuesday October 9th,
THE OLD BLUE LAST PRESENTS
@ The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3ES
Van She are an Australian four-piece, formed in 2005 in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown, who bridge the musical gap between boldly adventurous shoegaze and danceable glint disco. Each member of the band — Michael Di Francesco (synths), Tomek Archer (drums), Nick Routledge (vocals/guitar), and Matt Van Schie (bass) — had responded to an ad in Sydney’s Drum Media magazine and arrived at an audition for a vocalist for a doom metal band with influences such as Sepultura, Entombed, Black Skull — and Phil Collins. The whole thing was a total hoax; however, they all became fast friends and scrambled up Van Schie’s last name for the creation of Van She. A deal with Modular Recordings was inked after just one gig and shows with the Presets, Wolf & Cub, Annie, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs soon followed in 2006. The group’s first album, ‘V’, was released in 2008. After this they focused on remixes for artists like Ladyhawke and Empire of the Sun, while releasing a version of Blue Öyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” in 2009. After what seemed like forever, they returned with a new single, “Idea of Happiness,” earlier this year and finally a full album with the same name was released in July.