Warm Digits – Steve Jefferis and Andrew Hodson – are the trans-pennine, krautophonic blizzard-wave duo that emerged from Newcastle upon Tyne’s underground scene with a sound like Neu! and Cluster forming a supergroup with Giorgio Moroder, Emeralds, Kevin Shields, 70’s Eno and Keith Levene.
Their first album, Keep Warm. . . with the Warm Digits, came out in 2011 on Newcastle’s Distraction Records; Andrew Weatherall had this to say about it – “machine funk kraut-a-delia. It’s rather lovely!” – and the duo were soon headlining a Weatherall Live From Outer Space event.
Live, Warm Digits are a motoric epiphany of drums, guitar and pulsing hardware, complete with mesmeric kosmische visuals; all that on-stage multi-tasking making their live sets a dynamic kraut-disco experience. The second album Interchange followed in August 2013, an album and experimental film that grew out of an invitation to work with Tyne & Wear Archives on the Half Memory project, and saw the band make a work inspired by archive photographs and plans of the Tyneside Metro system, with the recordings marking a further a step up in intensity and energy for the band.
The last few years have seen Warm Digits support the legendary Goblin, play Birmingham’s Supersonic and Tilburg’s Incubate festivals, as well as Berlin’s kraut/prog fest Polyhymnia. They’ve remixed UNKLE, Maximo Park, and Plank! – and been remixed by Justin Robertson– and got a heavy dose of adoration from 6Music (particularly Marc Riley, with whom they have recorded a 6music session), Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 and others. They’ve supported Modeselektor, Barbara Morgenstern, Maximo Park, Future Islands, and Field Music, and soundtracked internationally acclaimed artist Kelly Richardson’s Mariner 9 video art installation. They have also collaborated with Field Music on a BBC Radio 3 Late Junction session (which was also subsequently released as a Distraction 10″ vinyl), and alongside Bernard Butler, Jackie McKeown (The Yummy Fur/1990s), and David Brewis (Field Music again) in an improvised krautrock event.
In 2014 the band will be completing work on their third album and playing live around the country.