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Temper Cartel formed in Oxford in 2015 after Danny Fisher (lead guitar/arrangements) and Josh Alden (rhythm/lead vocal/lyricist) decided to persevere and continue to collaborate creatively after the split of their first band.
They spent much of their time working in the same bar together or at Danny’s house with two guitars and a laptop; each contributing varied components and gradually piecing together songs.
This pattern of working became a signature for the two and the resultant lo-fi demos attracted the attention of Mark Gardener – the frontman of Oxford veterans Ride, solo artist and producer.
The trio have since fostered a close connection, developing into a professional relationship when Mark was enlisted to produce the band’s debut album; showing a great belief in their abilities.
The rest of the band joined soon after Josh and Danny's friendship with Mark came to be, enlisting drummer Sam Alden (cousin to Josh) and Everton Barbato, the bass player from the previous band.
Following the completion of their full line-up, Temper Cartel soon became a furious, sometimes introspective four-piece, fusing an indie work ethic with huge alt-rock anthems and a subtle sprinkling of psychedelic rock.
The band blend crunching guitar riffs with delicate ethereal tones in a marriage of two distinctly different guitar styles. Along with heavy, somewhat tribal drums and bass lines that will stick in your head for days, frontman Josh's satirical, self-deprecating lyrics drip with political undertones.
Following the release ‘Crusade EP’, the band earned support slots with fast-rising post-punk outfit October Drift, blues-rock revival veterans The Strypes and 90s Britpop outfit The Bluetones.
The release of debut music video for ‘Babysitter’ earned the band over 35,000 views across Facebook and Youtube, playing no small part in securing them a slot opening the O2 Academy2 at Oxford’s Ritual Union Festival, alongside Peace, Black Honey & Low Island.
Described by Nightshift magazine as ‘anthemic, even elegant’, the band have received numerous plays on BBC Introducing Oxford, a feature length interview with Dave Gilyeat and a mention on Steve Lamacq’s BBC6 music show.
Ahead of their imminent debut album release, Temper Cartel continue to bring their shimmering live show to venues across southern England.