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System:FX is an industrial project from London, combining old-skool 90,s industrial with modern EBM sounds. They have been described as a distinctive English-sounding industrial relentless wall of sound, and reminiscent of how The Prodigy, Grendel, and Cubanate would sound if thrown into a blender!
In a genre where most bands may as well have their idols tattooed on their foreheads System:FX have carved out a niche for themselves (Synthetic Sensations)
Initially the brainchild of Steve Alton on keyboards, he was joined by vocalist Mike and drummer Debs in 2007. Steve was a successful guitarist for many years being a founder member of the grindcore band Axegrinder, who were signed to the Peaceville label in the late 1980s and eventually sold in excess of 150 000 albums.
Their first self-released demo Virus was an instant dancefloor hit in the legendary Slimelight nightclub and has also been played in clubs all over the world, including at the 2008 Wave Gotik Treffen launch party.
In 2008 and early 2009 System:FX gained a reputation as an aggressive but entertaining live act supporting a number of notable and diverse bands such as Panzer AG, 32Crash, Warren Suicide, Client, Implant and DAF as well as top UK acts Deviant UK and Skinjob.
In late 2008 they released their self-financed EP 'High:Definition:Violence', which as well as 4 original tracks contains 4 remixes from other UK acts: Uberbyte, Autoclav, 1.1, RBN and Moose Hunters. The tracks have been described as:
good tracks that balance energy melody and mild distorted vocals (www.chaindlk.com)
a much-needed departure from the stale harsh electro dominating the scene and a return to percussion-based militaristic dance music with a message. (Connexion Bizarre)
An intriguing mixture of addictive hooks well developed instrumentation and aggressive but focused male vocals. High:Definition:Violence pumps fresh energy and aggression into a music genre that has become packed with imitators in the past few years.(www.regenmag.com)
In 2009 Mike left the band and Steve took over as vocalist bringing in keyboard player Rik (who played live until mid 2011). In 2010 they introduced live guitar into their work as an evolution of the System:FX sound. Steve's punk-edged vocal style is often compared to The Prodigy's Keith Flint and works seamlessly with his unique guitar style.
More support slots with top bands followed in late 2009/2010 ¦ Agonoize, Combichrist, Armageddon Dildos, Nitzer Ebb, Assemblage 23 and also a UK tour with Grendel and Aesthetic Perfection. 2010 was crowned with a hugely successful UK tour as main support for Leather Strip which saw them consolidate their reputation as one of the UK's top live industrial bands.
Steve also gained a reputation for creating aggressive yet danceable remixes in 2010. Remixes for Implant and Inertia have both proved hugely successful on the dancefloor and is in great demand for remix and production work.
2011 saw them take a step forward headlining the Dark 7 festival at the Camden Underworld London as well as other headline club shows and a second highly successful support slot with Combichrist. Later in 2011 saw them supporting KMFDM in the UK and two European shows in December... they have been asked to play at both Terra Gotha in The Netherlands and the presitigous Dark Dance Treffen in Germany.
System:FX, bringing industrial back to the masses!