SEMIFINALISTS return in summer 2008 with "2", their stupendous second album, released on V2/Cooperaive Music. "2" is the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed psyche-pop debut which was one of NME's Top 50 albums in 2006.
Over the course of the album the ambition of the band is clear. By mixing elements of 80's new wave pop, funk, and disco, as well as dreamy electronic shoegaze, Semifinalists have truly evolved their sound. The new album bristles with sonic and melodic invention, taking the best bits of 80s pop, whilst reshaping them ingeniously and adding some serious dance-floor nous, to produce a modern classic, surely destined to the one of the year's summer soundtracks.
Over the past 2 years Adriana Alba, Ferry Gouw and Chris Steele-Nicholson have taken the time to construct an album that focuses on moving forward and breaking new grounds. Using their record company advance to purchase their own studio equipment has meant the Semifinalists recording set up is completely mobile. Recording locations have varied from a remote cabin by a frozen lake in Wisconsin, to the streets of San Francisco and the suburbs of Chicago.
Thematically the lyrics are more introspective, more personal, and darker. Hidden under the sheen of pop are tales of heartbreak and disappointment, as well as a cautious optimism.
Since the completion of the album, Adriana has moved to New York to pursue other ventures, but Ferry and Chris have continued on with the vagabond lifestyle, wrapping up a winter schedule that saw them support Lightspeed Champion on his UK tour.
Semifinalists self-titled debut was one of the most acclaimed releases of 2006...
"Like Flaming Lips, Fleetwood Mac and Cyndi Lauper jamming in a comic book store... Give this your attention and you'll soon find it indispensable" NME - 8/10
"Sublime post-pop... a delirious neo-psychedelic rhapsody" Uncut - 4 Stars ****
"an anarchic, liberating record" Sunday Times - 4 Stars ****