Art Brut

Art Brut

Infobox musical artist
Name = Art Brut

Img_capt = Art Brut in 2006
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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Deptford/Bournemouth, England
Genre = Alternative rock
Indie rock
Years_active = 2003-present
Label = Downtown Records
Fierce Panda Records
Mute Records
Associated_acts = The Art Goblins
Macaca Mulatta
Subliminal Girls
Glam Chops
Everyone Was In the French Resistance...Now
URL = []
Current_members = Eddie Argos
Ian Catskilkin
Jasper Future
Freddy Feedback
Mikey Breyer
Past_members = Chris Chinchilla

Art Brut are an English and German indie rock band. Their debut album, "Bang Bang Rock & Roll", was released on 30 May 2005, with its follow up, "It's a Bit Complicated", released on 25 June 2007. Named after French painter Jean Dubuffet's definition of outsider art -- art by prisoners, loners, the mentally ill, and other marginalized people, and made without thought to imitation or presentation -- South London's Art Brut were tagged by NME as part of the "Art Wave" scene that also includes bands such as Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party.


The band was formed in 2003 and played its first gig in May of that year. The band recorded "Brutlegs" later in 2003 containing the first versions of "Formed a Band", "Modern Art" and "Moving to LA" and made it available. Angular Recording Corporation put out a compilation featuring "Formed a Band". A journalist heard the song and sent an MP3 to Rough Trade and the label offered Art Brut a deal to release it as a single.

"Formed a Band" was released in the UK as a single in May 2004 reaching #52 on the charts. It also appeared on the soundtrack to FIFA Street 2 - a game for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube and Playstation Portable. "Blender" described them as the best unsigned band in the UK. During the rest of 2004, they played gigs throughout the UK with The Fades including a first anniversary gig at the Tate Britain.

Another bootleg EP "Brutlegs 04" was recorded featuring "Good Weekend", "Bang Bang Rock & Roll", and an acoustic version of "Moving to LA". A double A-side was released in December 2004 on Fierce Panda reaching #49 on the charts. The album "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" was released in May 2005 with "Emily Kane" as the first single. The latter missed the UK Top 40 by two sales, yet remains the highest-charting single on Fierce Panda. "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" was produced by John Fortis, who has also worked with artists such as Razorlight, Maxim Reality, The Pipettes, Neneh Cherry and Assembly Now.

Art Brut have a quite widespread following of "franchises", whose names range from AB0 (the original Art Brut) to AB3.14/Pi, AB² or even to AB17. The band We Are Scientists are also an Art Brut franchise, AB47. These franchises often record and play Art Brut songs during performances.

Chris Chinchilla amicably left the band for personal reasons in September 2005 forming new band Macaca Mulatta. He was replaced by Jasper Future, guitarist from Eddie Argos' old band, The Art Goblins. The band appeared on the cover of the German edition of "Rolling Stone" magazine in September 2005.

Art Brut performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, on April 30, 2006, at Pitchfork Music Festival in June 2006, and at the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim and the Dour Festival in Belgium, in July 2006 and are due to headline the Two Thousand Trees Festival in July 2008. Art Brut also released a split 7" with We Are Scientists, which was only released in America. On this single Art Brut recorded a cover of 'The Great Escape' by We Are Scientists. We Are Scientists returned the idea and covered Art Brut's song 'Bang Bang Rock & Roll' on the single. Their version of "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" is also available on their b-sides album "Crap Attack".

The band released their second album, "It's a Bit Complicated", on Mute Records produced by Dan Swift , who has also worked with artists such as Help She Can't Swim, Victorian English Gentlemens Club, Kasabian and Snow Patrol. The first single to be taken from the album, "Nag Nag Nag Nag", was released on 20 November 2006, featuring the b-side "I Found This Song in the Road" and 5 live tracks from the Eurockéennes de Belfort Festival 2006. The song made Single of the Week in The Guardian's "The Guide" section. In 2007 they played on the American NME Rock and Roll Riot tour with The Hold Steady.

On 1 March 2008 Argos revealed on his blog that Art Brut have amicably left EMI. In August 2008 Eddie Argos announced on his blog that the band have been recording songs for the third album. Art Brut are also lined up to play various festivals over the summer


* Eddie Argos (lead vocals)
* Ian Catskilkin (lead guitar)
* Freddy Feedback (bass guitar)
* Jasper Future (guitar, backing vocals)
* Mikey Breyer (drums)



* "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" (2005)
* "It's a Bit Complicated" (2007)


* "Formed a Band" (March 2004) #52
* "Modern Art/My Little Brother" (December 2004) #49
* "Emily Kane" (May 2005) #41
* "Good Weekend" (September 2005) #56 (Featured in 2007 film "I Want Candy")
* "Nag Nag Nag Nag"
* "Direct Hit" #194
* "Pump Up The Volume" (February 2008)

External references

* [ Official website]
* [ Official MySpace]
* [ Drowned In Sound biography]
* [ Interview with Eddie Argos] on public radio program The Sound of Young America
* [ PUNKCAST#885] Vid of Art Brut @ Tribeca Grand NYC - Nov 12 2005
* [ BBC: Art Brut and influence of John Peel]
* [ BBC: Art Brut live photos]
* [ BBC: Art Brut live review]
* [ Video Interview with Eddie and Ian]
* [ Last FM Page]
* [ Art Brut pandora page]

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  • Art Brut — в 2006 году Основная информация …   Википедия

  • art brut — noun The primitive (literally, raw), unrefined or naïve art of non professional or untrained artists (eg children, mental patients, prisoners, etc) • • • Main Entry: ↑art * * * art brut «ar brooT», French. 1. a work of art, especially a painting …   Useful english dictionary

  • Art brut — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El término Art Brut puede referirse a: Arte marginal Art Brut, grupo inglés de rock alternativo Obtenido de Art brut Categoría: Wikipedia:Desambiguación …   Wikipedia Español

  • Art brut — 〈[a:r bry:] f.; ; unz.〉 Stilrichtung der bildenden Kunst, die das Unbewusste, Rohe zum Qualitätsmerkmal stilisiert [verkürzt <frz. art brutale „brutale Kunst“] * * * Art brut   [aːr bryt; französisch »unverbildete Kunst«] die, , von J.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Art brut — [ar bryt] die od. der; <aus brut »unverbildete Kunst«> von dem franz. Maler Jean Dubuffet (1901 1985) geprägte Bez. für die spontan und unreflektiert gestaltete Kunst (z. B. von Kindern) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • art brut — (n.) art done by prisoners, lunatics, etc., 1955, French, lit. raw art (see ART (Cf. art) (n.) + BRUTE (Cf. brute)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Art brut — 〈[a:r brỵ] f.; Gen.: ; Pl.: unz.〉 Stilrichtung der bildenden Kunst, die das Unbewusste, Spontane zum Qualitätsmerkmal stilisiert [Etym.: verkürzt <frz. art brutale »brutale, rohe Kunst«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Art brut — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Art brut (homonymie). Pour l art premier ou primitif, production des sociétés traditionnelles ou primitives, voir Arts premiers. Art brut est un terme inventé par le peintre Jean Dubuffet pour désigner les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Art Brut — Bild von Adolf Wölfli Brief einer Psychiatriepatie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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