Later this year Love Is Symmetry album will come out on Dim Mak Records.
Supported: Late of the Pier, Laura Marling, Datarock, Devo, Air, The Horrors, Forward Russia, Asobi Seksu, Florence and the Machine, The Charlatans, Electric Six, These New Puritans, Juliette Lewis, Steve Aoki, Uffie and many more.
The Scanners story starts at a rehearsal studio in Camden Town London in 2005. Sarah and Mat had loads of songs they had been working on together whilst playing guitar in other people’s bands. When they met Amina and Tom it seemed the natural step to go and record these tracks, and so the first Scanners album ‘Violence is Golden’ was born. It was a homemade affair, recorded in bedrooms and rehearsal rooms, but it still started to attract some attention.
Through a strange set of circumstances Steve Aoki, head of LA label Dim Mak Records (Bloc Party, The Rakes, Gossip) heard one of the tracks and was hooked. On a visit to London he met up with the band and he promised to put out the record. So in 2006 Violence is Golden was released to much critical acclaim from sources as varied as the LA Times, Aversion and Perez Hilton. They played their second single “Lowlife” on NBC’s Carson Daly Show to a nationwide audience, the performance introduced by Ice Cube. They toured the West Coast and supported bands like Datarock, The Horrors, Forward Russia and The Rakes. The success from the album in America led to releases and tours in the UK and Europe. There they played the Rockness and Eurockéennes festivals and supported The Charlatans Air and Devo.
Submarine the second album was released in 2010. After the DIY approach to the first album, Scanners had decided to work with experienced producer Stephen Hague (New Order, Blur, Erasure) for the second. Recorded in part at Real World Studios and mixed in Stephen Hague’s shed, the second album’s higher production values made it popular with TV programmers. In fact, it is through TV shows such as Entourage, One Tree Hill, The Big C, Skins and more that Scanners’ music has managed to reach a wider audience. ‘Salvation’ the first single found many new fans thanks to its use in Gossip Girl, and “Lowlife” from the films Endgame and Mama’s Boy.
In 2011, after lots more touring and much soul searching Tom decided give up his drumstool. This was eventually taken over by French sticksmith Kilian, who joined in time to record on the third album Love is Symmetry. For their third album Scanners decided to go back to recording and producing themselves. Sarah and Mat have also been kept busy by the arrival of their son Flynn who was born in January 2012.
Artwork by Malika Fevre HERE