Mira, Helen, Daniel, Reuben
Ladytron is a cult
British Electronic Music
band formed in 1999 in Liverpool. It consists of Helen Marnie (vocals, synths), Mira Aroyo (vocals, synths), Daniel Hunt (guitar, synths), and Reuben Wu (synths). Also they're all songwriters and DJs
Their music style could be described as Synth Pop
with influences from New Wave
, Shoegazing, Dream Pop
, Industrial Rock
. They called their music electronic pop.
Ladytron have produced remixes for many artists like Nine Inch Nails
, SONOIO, David Gahan, Goldfrapp
, Apoptygma Berzerk, Placebo
, Simian, Blondie
, Christina Aguilera
, Gang of Four, Indochine, Bloc Party
, Kings of Convenience, She Wants Revenge, Soulwax, and more.
They took their name from the song "Ladytron" by Roxy Music
. According to the legendary Brian Eno
, who was also a member of Roxy Music, Ladytron are "the best of English pop music".
In 2012, Marnie started a solo career and released the album Crystal World
- 604 (2001)
- Light & Magic (2002)
- Witching Hour (2005)
- Velocifero (2008)
- Gravity the Seducer (2011)
- Album Title Drop: 604 gets its title from the lyrics of "I'm With the Pilots" (604 is also a reference to The Andromeda Strain), Light & Magic from its title song, Witching Hour from the chorus of "Soft Power", Gravity the Seducer from the lyrics of "Ninety Degrees".
- Animated Music Video: "Evil" (UK version).
- Big Name Fan:
- Brian Eno (he considered them "the best of English pop music" and also invited them to play live at Sydney Opera House during a music festival curated by him).
- Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails (who invited them to play at the opening of his band' shows in early 2007 and asked them to remix two of his songs).
- Christina Aguilera (Ladytron co-wrote and produced the songs "Birds of Prey" and "Little Dreamer" from the deluxe edition of her album Bionic).
- Shirley Manson from Garbage.
- Tegan And Sara.
- Little Boots.
- Bilingual Bonus: Because Aroyo was born and partly raised in Bulgaria, each album (save for their latest) has at least one song sung entirely in Bulgarian. They even did a cover of a Bulgarian rock song ("Kletva" from their fourth album, Velocifero).
- Broken Record: All two verses of "Seventeen".
- Bunnies for Cuteness: In the video for "Ghosts", many rabbits add cuteness to imagery that would otherwise be quite dark. The concept was inspired by the animation Watership Down.
- Coordinated Clothes: Until around 2004, they used to wear black or olive uniforms.
- Cover Version:
- Darker and Edgier: Witching Hour and Velocifero.
- Dream Team: They have worked with and opened for a ton of fantastic artists, but perhaps the one they've toured with that's most stylistically compatible with them is Goldfrapp.
- Every Episode Ending: They usually play "Destroy Everything You Touch" at the end of their shows since this tune was released.
- Greatest Hits Album: Best of 00-10, which is also a very good introduction to their music (especially the deluxe edition with 33 songs).
- Multinational Team: A Scot (Helen), a Bulgarian (Mira), a Brit (Daniel) and a Chinese guy (well, Rueben's British-born and raised, but still).
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: They're sort of synthpop-dreampop-shoegaze-new-wave-industrial-rock, if we're taking their oeuvre as a whole.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Soft Power".
- Lighter and Softer: Gravity the Seducer is lighter than Velocifero.
- New Sound Album: Starting with Witching Hour, the group has effectively switched up their sound with each album, whereas the first two were generally in the same style. While Witching Hour, Velocifero, and Gravity the Seducer are all still Synth Pop, they're all different interpretations of it. Witching Hour is their rockier album, with influences from Shoegazing and Dream Pop, and Velocifero is essentially a heavily electronic New Wave album. Gravity the Seducer, on the other hand, is more of a baroque Dream Pop, with a bit of a cinematic flare.
- Obsession Song: "Burning Up".
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Helen Marnie fulfills this role beautifully.
- Record Producer: They always produced their own albums and were helped by other producers.
- Shout-Out: The band's name derives from a Roxy Music song of the same name.
- Singing Simlish: They recorded four songs especially for The Sims 3 soundtrack: "Young Etruscians", "She Stepped Out of the Car", "Rockfalls & Estuaries", "Tesla".
- Soprano and Gravel: A version of this; Marnie's voice is very airy, and relatively high, which is in stark contrast to Aroyo's deep, stern vocals.
- Step Up to the Microphone: "Versus" is a duet between Marnie and Hunt, making it the first Ladytron song with male lead vocals. Hunt also sang backing vocals on "International Dateline".
- Surreal Music Video: The music videos for "White Elephant", "Tomorrow", and "Destroy Everything You Touch".
- Synth Pop: With influences from New Wave, Shoegazing, Dream Pop, New Wave, Industrial Rock, Post-Punk.
- The Smart Guy:
- Reuben trained in Industrial Design at Sheffield Hallam University. Also he can play violin and he's an accomplished photographer.
- Mira has a PHD in genetics at the University of Oxford.
- Helen has a BA in pop music at Liverpool University.
- Titled After the Song: The band was named after a 1972 Roxy Music song. Brian Eno himself is a fan of Ladytron.
- The Pete Best: Lisa Eriksson (now part of Techno Squirrels) sang on their first song, "He Took Her to a Movie". She sounds so much like both Marnie and Aroyo that most people (even Pitchfork in their 604 review) assume it's them singing.