Broadcast are an indie electronic band, founded in Birmingham, England. Original members were Trish Keenan (vocals), Roj Stevens (keyboards), Tim Felton (guitar) and James Cargill (bass). Various drummers played with the band, including Keith York, Phil Jenkins, Jeremy Barnes, Steve Perkins, and Neil Bullock. As of 2005, the group consisted of Keenan and Cargill, Felton having departed to form a new project, Seeland, with Billy Bainbridge, formerly of another Birmingham Warp act, Plone. After the 2011 death of Trish Keenan, Cargill remains the only member.
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The band's first releases were singles released on Wurlitzer Jukebox Records ( "Accidentals" ) and Duophonic Records ("The Book Lovers") in the mid-1990s. They attracted the attention of Warp Records, who compiled the singles in 1997 on Work and Non Work.
The band has released three albums, several EPs, two singles and EP collections. In October 2009, Broadcast released a collaborative album with The Focus Group (aka graphic designer and Ghost Box label co-owner Julian House) called Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age. In late 2009 their song "I Found the F" was covered by Gravenhurst on the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation.
The 1999 track "You Can Fall" was included on the soundtrack album Morvern Callar released by Warp Records in 2002 (WARPCD98). This soundtrack accompanied the Lynne Ramsay film Morvern Callar, based on the Alan Warner book of the same name
The band was chosen by Matt Groening to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival he curated in May 2010 in Minehead, Somerset, England.
The band's style is a mixture of electronic sounds and Keenan's 1960s-influenced vocals. It is heavily influenced by the 1960s influenced American psychedelic group The United States of America, using many of the same electronic effects. It was also reminiscent of Stereolab. However, despite the similar musical pedigree, Broadcast's music is often darker and edgier in sound - with amorphous samples and analogue dissonance giving it a retro-futuristic sci-fi edge.
Lead singer Trish Keenan died of H1N1 A flu on 14 January 2011 at the age of 42.
Sole remaining member James Cargill revealed in an interview with Under the Radar that a new Broadcast album is in the works, featuring vocals recorded by Trish Keenan before her death. This was also substantiated in an interview in 2013 with Shindig! Magazine, which represents the most recent interview with James as of May 2013.
Broadcast are also credited with providing the soundtrack to the 2012 Warp Films release, Berberian Sound Studio.