Posted: 21st March

The Invisible sign to Ninja Tune

Ninja Tune is pleased to announce the signing of Mercury-nominated band The Invisible.

The band's upcoming sophomore album Rispah will be released 11 June, with the radio edit of first single Protection streaming now on SoundCloud (full single coming with a remix from Kwes.) The band embark on a UK tour next week, all dates (including a show at London's Shacklewell Arms) below.

28 Mar - Manchester, GB @ TROF Fallowfield (Tickets)
29 Mar - London, GB @ Shacklewell Arms (Tickets)
31 Mar - Leeds, GB @ Musiquarium (Tickets)
1 Apr - Bristol, GB @ The Louisiana (Tickets)

Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert (bass & synthesizer) and Leo Taylor (drums) have been working together as The Invisible for the last six years, though their musical collaborations stretch back much further. After a year out on the road playing in Matthew Herbert’s band, Herbert said he wanted to produce and release Dave’s solo record via his label, Accidental. But Dave instead decided to recruit his longtime friends for a genuine collaboration, The Invisible’s name arriving after the three began writing.

The result was their eponymous debut, which was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Music Prize, as well as critics’ choice as iTunes album of the year. Unafraid to challenge themselves compositionally, The Invisible's boundless approach to arrangement flows effortlessly between the texturally rich and the rhythm heavy, the ethereal and the visceral, taking in unique and subtle electronic dancefloor rhythms as well as deviations into experimental rock. It's a mixture that's won peer level praise from the likes of Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, Foals, Hot Chip, Wild Beasts, Anna Calvi and Everything Everything

Their new album, Rispah, is, in the words of Okumu, "a love letter to grief." Mid-way through recording a follow-up to their debut, Okumu’s mother passed away and the band’s plans and aesthetic were thrown into turmoil. As Okumu remembers it, "I couldn't engage with music for a long period. The moment it returned to me was at my mum's funeral, which lasted several days. One evening, during the wake, my grandmother Zilpa, my mother's mum, arrived at our home accompanied by a group of women singing traditional spirituals. They approached my mother's body and sang over it, dancing around her coffin. It was the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. They transformed the atmosphere with sound and the spirit they brought to it. They were celebrating life and death, grief and hope, all things. This act was allowing everyone present to express themselves. It served as the most potent reminder of everything I believe about music. It's there for everybody, it's inclusive and transformative. I'm so glad these voices are stitched through our record."

Posted: 23rd March

'Protection' Track of the Day at Q Magazine Online

Q Magazine online have made The Invisible's track "Protection" their track of the day.

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Posted: 29th March

Live In London TONIGHT

The Invisible kick off a four-date UK tour this week.

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Posted: 4th April

Live at the Old Queen's Head, London TOMORROW

We're happy to announce The Invisible are the special guests at Selector Live at The Old Queen's Head, Islington, London, tomorrow night (5 April) - on stage at 10pm.

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Posted: 25th April

'Protection' Video on Dazed Digital

Dazed Digital are exclusively premiering the video for "Protection", the first track released from The Invisible's upcoming sophomore album Rispah.

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Posted: 27th April

'Protection' Video / Kwes. Remix / King Sunny Ade Collaboration

The Invisible have released a video for "Protection" from Rispah, released a Kwes. remix of the track, and announced a collaboration with King Sunny Ade.

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Posted: 3rd May

Live at the Barfly, London 18 June

The Invisible will play an intimate show at London's Barfly on 18 June.

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Posted: 11th May

Rough Trade In-store 13 June

The Invisible will be performing in-store at Rough Trade East, London, on 13 June.

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Posted: 21st May

Upcoming Live Dates Cancelled

The Invisible have regrettably had to cancel all upcoming tour dates and commitments, due to an injury to singer Dave Okumu over the weekend. A statement from the band on the situation reads...

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