CANTALOUPE

"Super Mario Bros meets Brian Eno"

Cantaloupe are a synth-guitar/bass-drums trio from Nottingham, UK. Drawing influences from afro-pop to krautrock to the avant garde, Cantaloupe make lush and infectious instrumental pop music.

Before forming Cantaloupe the band spent the twelve years as three-fifths of Souvaris - whose reputation as one of the UK’s most inventive and versatile instrumental acts has been built firmly on the back of three albums, several singles and hundreds of gigs across the UK and Europe.

Cantaloupe’s music is influenced by all sorts of innovators and exciters: Kraftwerk, Harmonia and Cluster; Giorgio Moroder, Patrick Cowley, Chicago House and Daft Punk; Tortoise, HiM and Stereolab.

Cantaloupe

We tried to get them to play in a library, but they weren’t available. We managed instead to get them to play for us in a 70s shopping arcade on a Saturday afternoon in December. It was during that 12 minute gig (shut down early by an angry shopkeeper) that we realised how much we love them. Cantaloupe are thoroughly charming men who play stylish, buoyant, effervescent pop music. We were over the moon when they agreed to join the Hello Thor roster.

RELEASES

Cantaloupe’s debut, the exuberant 4 track Teapot EP, was released in June 2012 and received support from 6Music's Gideon Coe and Radio 1's Huw Stephens. Since then Cantaloupe have played alongside the likes of Acid Mothers Temple, Damo Suzuki, Galaxians, RM Hubbert & Papier Tigre.

“a pulsing electro-Krautrock workout where the keyboard sounds might as well have come beamed direct from Tomorrow's World in 1982” Sweeping the Nation

Cantaloupe released their second single Splish / Wet Dog on limited edition 12” vinyl and digital download on 17th June 2013. The single comes complete with a shimmering, euphoric remix of Splish by Friendly Fires/Chris Clark collaborator and creator of delicious leftfield electronic pop music, Wax Stag.

Since these early releases the band have put out 2 LPs with Hello Thor...

In 2015 they released the magnificent Zoetrope, a collection of 10 lush, effervescent, endlessly inventive and oddly reflective pop songs, including Cantaloupe’s first non-instrumental tracks (featuring the vocal talents of new band member Eleanor Lee and Tom A.D). The single Labour and Lover was described as "kraut-cruised delicacy peppered in folk noir cosmicalia..." by The Sunday Experience

In late 2018 we released their newest LP Error States, and celebrated with some awesome gigs.

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Cantaloupe is:

Aaron Matthew Doyle - Drums
John Christopher Simson - Synths
David James Stockwell - Guitar/Bass

“disco-affected art rock and afro pop...utterly danceable, bizarrely inspirational and sickeningly infectious” Pocket Jury

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