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Origin London, England
Genres Post-punk, experimental rock
Years active 2004 onwards
Labels swim ~
Associated acts Wire, Minimal Compact, Colin Newman, Scanner, immersion, Oracle
Members Colin Newman
Malka Spigel
Robin Rimbaud
Max Franken

Githead is a musical collaboration that includes Wire's Colin Newman as well as electronic musician Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) alongside ex-Minimal Compact members Malka Spigel and Max Franken.


The appearance of Githead and the release of their debut EP Headgit in 2004[1] surprised many[who?], mainly because of the unlikely 'line up' and the fact that they operate in a pop & rock environment rather than a purely experimental one.[citation needed]

The band's genesis was as a 'one-off', as part of the celebrations of the Swim ~ label's 10th anniversary[2] at the ICA, but it quickly became apparent[citation needed] that the band was more than a mere collection of individuals[citation needed] and that it was able to generate its own style.[citation needed]

Initially without a drummer, the band wrote and rehearsed in Swim's studio from the outset. This guaranteed that all outbreaks of creativity could be instantly recorded. This meant that as well as building up a repertoire, the band was also recording towards an end of released material, and was subsequently able fairly rapidly to develop enough finished material to enable selections to be made for release.

Thus the debut EP Headgit was released before the band had played its third gig, and material towards the debut album Profile was already in the works before the band had even played two gigs.

The first three shows were performed without a live drummer, but it had always been the band's intention to be able play with live drums[citation needed]. In the end Max Franken from Malka's band Minimal Compact became the band's drummer.

Githead made their debut as a live four-piece in Antwerp in March 2005 following on with gigs in Spring and Summer that year. These included the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Cité de la Musique in Paris, The Paradiso in Amsterdam, Barby in Tel Aviv, The Botanique in Brussels and The Garage in London.

In autumn 2005 the band concentrated on writing and recording their 2nd album Art Pop. It was released in May 2007 to general positive reviews.[3][4][5] Their third album, Landing, was released November 2009.[6]

Band lineup



  1. ^ Gill, Andy (12 November 2004). "Album: Githead". The Independent.
  2. ^ "BBC Music: Githead Art Pop Review, accessed September 7, 2009". Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  3. ^ "Brainwashed review, accessed September 12, 2009". Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  4. ^ "Pitchfork review, accessed September 12, 2009". 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  5. ^ Incendiary review, accessed 12 September 2009
  6. ^ "Githead website: News for 2009, accessed March 22, 2011". Retrieved 2012-02-21.

External links

  • Official Githead website
  • label website
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