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The sad death of from Broadcast vocalist, Trish Keenan, from Pneumonia at the age 42 comes as a shock. The band, who had operated at the fringes of the music scene, were underground heroes and popular on the ATP circuit of experimental post pop.
Initially from Birmingham, Broadcast delivered an hypnotic, motornik, kraut rock fused, electronic pop that was originally tagged as lying somewhere between the Velvets and Stereolab but with that 21st century twist common to all the music released by their home label Warp Records was actually far closer to the brilliantly original, electronic, experimental workouts of the Warp label itself. Broadcast very much had their own stamp on their music, taking the sound into totally new spaces.
This stamp was down to their own innate imagination- adding their own twist onto a very tight space but also due to Trish Keenan’s vocals that instantly stamped the group with their own individuality- especially on their 2003 released ‘HaHa Sound’
Emotional and warm, they added a human touch to the machine like rhythms and the almost trance like repetition of their riffs. They were pushing the repetitive and hypnotic style to its limit and were considered by many of their peers the best at the form. The humanity was down to Trish Keenan’s emotive, imaginative and plaintively English vocals that were always seeking their own trajectory.
The band formed in the early nineties in Birmingham before slimming down to the core of Trish and her partner James Cargill when guitarist Tim Felton left to persue his Seeland project. The core pair continued as a productive core honing their sound down to perfection.
The band’s initial single releases, ‘Accidentals’ and ‘The Book Lovers’, attracted the attention of Warp Records who gave them the perfect home for their experimental yet always working within the parameters of pop music which was released over three albums, 2000’s ‘The Noise Made By People’, the critically acclaimed 2003 released ‘HaHa Sound’ and 2005’s ‘Tender Buttons’ and several singles.
Trish Keenan leaves behind an understated yet precious catalogue of work that will be treasured for years to come.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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