"Taking the ramshackle charm of Guided By Voices at their most melodic and adding a boyish enthusiasm that tips its hat to both Weezer and Matthew Sweet."
Offering a nimble mesh of indie rock and vintage computing, Cambridge-based trio The British IBM officially launched in 2012, commandeered by singer/songwriter & retro enthusiast Aidy, alongside musical comrades David on bass and Paul on percussion. In the two years before, the outfit toured and performed as Aidy, prior to its rebranding.
The group’s 2012 debut self-titled album—produced with Neil “Bugs” Rogers—features single “Animal,” accompanied by a well-received animated video clip lensed by Ridertoons’ Jose Cubero. Second single and title track “the British IBM” garnered acclaim with its use in the trailer for 2014 documentary film “From Bedrooms to Billions,” which outlines the story of the British video games industry from 1979 to today.
Aidy kicked off 2015, with the British IBM's second album, “Psychopaths Dream in Black and White,” which includes an array of overdubs, including a contribution from cellist Anna Scott, as well as bassoon and sitar. It is being recorded at indie facility Half Ton Studios. The track Nothing Ever Lasts That Long ended up being used on the TV show Life Sentence starring Lucy Hale.
2017 saw the release of the band's latest single "Jet Set Willy" along with a new lineup featuring Scott Wilson on drums.
In 2019 the band recorded and released their third full-length album entitled "Play the Game" to positive reviews and a music video for the first single "Man of the Hour" which featured YouTuber RMC The Cave.
In 2021 work started on the fourth album which has tentatively been titled "Friday Night at the Twitch Bar", a name that came out of an ongoing joke between Aidy and a few fans at his regular Friday Twitch streams that started during the lockdown and still continue.
He previously released multiple solo albums, including Aidy’s renowned 2010 “Song A Week” project, where a new single was released every Friday for a solid year. The result of that effort was the 53-track opus “Song A Week.”
“akin to the criminally underrated solo work of Mark Morriss" – Travellers Tunes
“gleefully melancholic" – Bucket List
“An unforgettable listening experience centred around a folk-tinged indie rock sound” – Penny Black Music
“A fabulous album!"– Diffuser.fm
“A wistful, self-deprecating feel at times recalling Camera Obscura in their awkward glamour” – Clash
“An incredibly well made, slightly baroque, harmony-drenched thing of beauty” – The Sound of Confusion
“Insightful and psychedelic tales” – Creative Control Magazine
“Reminiscent of the husky, melancholic dirges of Lambchop” - Glasswerk
“Digging this track, it’s got a great alt-rock-folk sound” – Indie Minded
“A nimble mesh of indie rock and vintage computing” – Slate The Disco
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