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The first thing I did after attending my first Galaxians show was to upload some images to Instagram with the text ‘I’ve seen the future’. Loud, funky and a lot of fun, Galaxians managed to blend incredible shake your booty grooves with live instrumentation and longing soulful vocals in a performance that really challenged the parameters of dance music. It remains one of the very best shows I’ve seen.  

Yet, with the band’s blend of retro disco and contemporary electronica, their sound also remains somewhat of a challenge to describe. “Rather than try and describe the music I’d probably just encourage people to listen and decide for themselves,” says Galaxians’ drummer Matt Woodward. “It’s fair to say that the music that has influenced us the most comes from the post-disco/pre-house period of dance music – specifically from the late seventies to the mid-eighties and sub-genres such as boogie, garage, proto house etc.”

However you’d describe their sound, Galaxians’ music is all about having fun. “In very simple terms, it’s live dance music,” continues Matt, “there’s some automation, some programming, but at the heart of it is the interaction between Emma, Jed and myself. We try and play with energy and encourage people to dance and feel a part of what’s happening.” 

At its core dance music should be about community, tolerance, respect and a shared experience

Audience engagement is certainly one of Galaxians’ strong points, exemplified by the moments where vocalist Emma Mason steps off stage during instrumentals, grabs a drink and dances in the audience as part of the crowd. Fourth wall? Not a problem…

“At its core dance music should be about community, tolerance, respect and a shared experience,” agrees Matt, setting out the Galaxians philosophy. “We hope that we can help to create a feeling in the room that the experience is a shared one and that the normal hierarchy associated with gigs or rock music doesn’t apply.”

Almost twelve months on from their last album, the critically acclaimed Let The Rhythm In, (“the best record I’ve made with any band”) Matt confirms that Galaxians are already back in the studio working on twelve new songs. “We’re not sure how the songs will come out, but it might be a second album and an EP or something similar.” Before the new material is released it falls to Galaxians’ live show to do the talking, with a forthcoming performance confirmed at Newcastle’s foremost live music night Endless Window at The Cumberland Arms on Friday 21st September. Matt, himself a former resident of Blyth and Middlesbrough, is looking forward to getting back on home turf. “I’ve always liked Newcastle as a city, the people especially. It’s always been a city that’s made me feel at home and my fondness for it never goes away.”

And so, while you may never really be able to predict the future, it may sometimes be possible to get a glimpse of what it could look like, let Galaxians show you…

 

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