The Good Natured set for headline show in St Albans
PUBLISHED: 22:19 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 22:19 10 April 2013
FOLLOWING a run of dates supporting Imagine Dragons, The Good Natured will be playing a headline show in St Albans this weekend.
The synth-pop band, who have worked with former Depeche Mode star Vince Clarke, will be performing live at The Horn on Sunday night.
The trio – Sarah McIntosh on vocals and keyboards, brother Hamish McIntosh on bass and George Hinton on drums – spent much of 2012 working on their debut album, which is due for release in the summer.
The first fruit from their labour of love is new song 5-HT, which dropped last month.
The band collaborated with experimental pop maverick Richard X on the track, creating a 90s rave-tinged, drum and bass-referencing dancefloor banger.
Sarah said: “5-HT is Serotonin, a chemical receptor released within the human body.
“The song explores the contrast between love and pain, and the notion that love is a drug.”
The band’s debut single for Regal, entitled Skeleton, has come to define The Good Natured.
Produced by Swedish pop overlord Patrik Berger (Robyn, Lana Del Rey, Those Dancing Days), it’s the song that got them signed and the track that marked the passage from Sarah’s early EPs to the fully-fleshed sound of the band.
Released in the US in 2011, the band already has a fervent American fanbase, including the hugely-influential Martin Kierszenbaum, of Cherrytree Records and Lady Gaga fame, who also manages the band.
For their debut album, the band run the full pop gamut, channelling their influences both from the past and the present.
As if recording a new album wasn’t time-consuming enough, the band also found time earlier this year to work with electro-pop legend Vince Clarke.
Together they worked on a new song, the throbbing Ghost Train, which was included on an exclusive mix they made for BBC 6 Music.
It’s also their communal passion for playing live that feeds into the music they make, with choruses tailored for wide open spaces.
In fact, such is her passion for playing live that during a gig in Liverpool Sarah broke her leg. This resulted in their headline slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury becoming a unique event with Sarah hobbling around in her bright pink plaster-cast.
Such is their burgeoning reputation as a live act they’ve been asked to support a hugely diverse range of acts – from The Kills and AlunaGeorge, to Oh Land and US tearaway Ke$ha.
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