- "There is no past and there is no future, it's just
what happens when you turn the machine on." - Barry
in 1994 in London, England, founders Ann Shenton and
Barry Smith recruited Steven Claydon (theremin) and
rotating a variety of drummers from Stereolab's Andy
Ramsay, John Russell and the High Llamas Rob Allum.
The band took their name from a computer command that
creates an unknown electronic third force. Fans of
60s & 70s vintage synth and the proto-electronica
created by artists such luminaries as Wendy Carlos,
Pierre Henry, Kraftwerk and Can. Not finding a sound
they liked, they decided to form ADD N TO X, an all
electronic band with an ever-changing style of Electronic.
group released their critically acclaimed debut album,
On the Wires of Our Nerves, in 1998, which
featured the singles King Wasp and Black
Regent, both NME Singles of the Week.
The group signed to Mute Records that same
year and released their first single for the label,
the epic Little Black Rocks in the Sun. They
spent the next six months touring extensively throughout
Europe and America, complete with two drummers. Their
live shows were best described as chaotic and unpredictable
and saw the group confirm their early promise to become
one of the most exciting live bands around.
March of 1999, the band released the single Metal
Fingers in My Body, the first single from their
second full-length release, Avant Hard. Soon
after they released the song Revenge of the Black
Regent. The tour constantly and completed their British
leg with a sold out show at the Scala in Londonís
2000, the band released their third album, Add
Insult To Injury, an album which was recorded
over the course of six months. The volatile sounds
of this collide with perfect pop melodies, making
this album the most exciting, yet accessible releases
by Add N To (X) to date.
with the fusion between biological and synthetic,
the band launch a Buckminster
Fuller-inspired art-installation dome in Bourges,
France entitled Loud, Like Nature on April
11, 2001. It acted not only as a post to spread the
word about Add N to X, but also contained a theremin
and finches. They amplified and recorded the sounds
unwittingly created by the movement of the finches
in the space and allowed visitors to contribute by
being able to play the theremin and add text and visuals
to accompanying material provided. The theremin is
an electronic instrument that is operated by manipulating
an invisible force field which affects pitch and volume.
October 2002, Add N to (X) released new material with
the single Take Me To Your Leader and the full-length
album Loud Like Nature. They also toured worldwide
in support of their new release.