"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 was formed in January 2011, harnessing all of the most colourful, rhythmic and downright fun elements of their former band, and bundling them up in a glittering gift of alt. pop.
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.
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.
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 picked up more fans and played alongside the likes of Acid Mothers Temple, Damo Suzuki, Galaxians, RM Hubbert & Papier Tigre.
Cantaloupe release brand new 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.
Aaron Matthew Doyle - Drums
John Christopher Simson - Synths
David James Stockwell - Guitar/Bass
“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
“disco-affected art rock and afro pop...utterly danceable, bizarrely inspirational and sickeningly infectious” Pocket Jury