Broadcast are a psychedelic/electronic band which formed in 1995 in Birmingham, England. The band originally consisted of Trish Keenan (vocals), Tim Felton (guitar), James Cargill (bass), Roj Stevens (keyboards) and Steve Perkins (drums). Perkins left the band in 2000, and Stevens and Felton left in 2005 to form the group Seeland. After the January 2011 death of Trish Keenan, James Cargill is the only current member of the band.
Perkins left the band in 2000, and Stevens and Felton left in 2005 to form the group Seeland. After the January 2011 death of Trish Keenan, James Cargill is the only current member of the band.
The band has released four albums in their career: "The Noise Made by People" (2000), "The Haha Sound" (2003), "Tender Buttons" (2005) and "Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age" (2009, with The Focus Group). Cargill has stated that plans for an album featuring Keenan's final recordings is in the works.
The band's first releases were singles released on Wurlitzer Jukebox Records ( "Accidentals" ) and Duophonic Records ("The Book Lovers") in the mid-1990s. "The Book Lovers" was also featured on the soundtrack of the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. They attracted the attention of Warp Records, who compiled the singles in 1997 on "Work and Non Work".
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.
On January 14th, 2011, Trish Keenan died from complications caused by pneumonia.