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Ladytron Biography

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Birth Place: Liverpool, England
Years Active: 1999–present
Genres: New Wave, Electropop, Synthpop, Electroclash

Ladytron is an electronic music band that came together in 1999 in Liverpool, England and consists of Helen Marnie on lead vocals and synthesizers, Mira Aroyo on vocals and synthesizers, Daniel Hunt on synthesizers and guitar and Reuben Wu on synthesizers. Ladytron's sound incorporates elements of electropop with New Wave, and a touch of shoegaze. Ladytron has produced remixes for multiple artists, including David Gahan, Goldfrapp, Apoptygma Berzerk, Placebo, Blondie, Gang of Four, Christina Aguilera, Bloc Party, Kings of Convenience, Indochine, She Wants Revenge, Simian, Nine Inch Nails, SONOIO and Soulwax.

Ladytron began when Hunt and Wu met in the early 1990s. At the time Hunt was running his own indie record label, Invicta Hi-Fi and a nightclub. Wu was a recent graduate and was working as an industrial designer. The duo connected over their love for music and began working together as a side project until 2002 when they both committed full time to Ladytron.

The duo's debut single, “He Took Her to a Movie” arrived in 1999 and gained immediate press from NME Magazine as Single of the Week. That same year the duo met Scottish singer Helen Marnie and Bulgarian student Mira Aroyo who were quickly asked to join the band. The band's EP, “Miss Black and Her Friends,” arrived that same year in Japan only, followed by the EP, “Mu-Tron” in 2000.

2001 marked the release of Ladytron's debut album, “604,” via the Emperor Norton/Invicta Hi-Fi labels. The album produced the singles, “He Took Her to a Movie,” “Playgirl,” “Commodore Rock” and “The Way That I Found You.” The single, “Playgirl,” gained the band some national and international attention, in addition to their cover of The Human League's “Open Your Heart.” 2001 also saw the band performed at the music festivals, La Route du Rock in France, and Benicàssim in Spain. The band's second album, “Light & Magic,” emerged in 2002 on the Emperor Norton/Telstar labels. The album showcased a change in musical direction with a darker sound than their previous album. The band supported the album with a year-long tour before recording a John Peel Show for BBC Radio 1.

Ladytron's third album, “Witching Hour,” appeared in 2005 on Island Records and was met with critical acclaim. The album spurred the hit songs, “Sugar” and “Destroy Everything You Touch,” and was followed by another tour across North America and Europe. Despite the band's cult following, and growing appeal, Island Records dropped the band.

2008 marked the band's fourth studio album, “Velocifero,” via the Nettwerk label. The album featured a heavier sound and spawned three singles, “Ghosts,” “Runaway” and “Tomorrow.” A year later saw another tour of North America with The Faint.

2011 saw the band's fifth studio album, “Gravity the Seducer,” which was produced by various members of the bands Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, and Editors. 2012 saw Hunt produce Marnie' solo album, in addition to Ladytron heading back into the studio to work on their sixth studio album. 2013 saw the band release the first track, “International Dateline,” off their forth coming album.