Since forming in 1994, bis have continually mutated their initial influences of Synth-pop, Riot Grrrl and DIY Punk into weird and wonderful songs with a natural gift for melodic earworms with a disco heartbeat. Sci-Fi Steven, John Disco and Manda Rin first caught the UK underground’s attention with the “Disco Nation 45” EP in 1995. With the next release, “The Secret Vampire Soundtrack”, suddenly bis were playing “Kandy Pop” on Top of The Pops – as the first unsigned band ever to appear – and riding high in the “proper” charts.
The first album “The New Transistor Heroes” came out in early 1997, the album sold 100,000 copies on release in Japan and saw bis support acts as diverse as Bikini Kill, Pavement and Foo Fighters across Europe and the US. The band were even seen as the ideal candidates to write and record the theme tune to Cartoon Network’s classic cartoon, “The Powerpuff Girls”. By the time of 1999’s “Social Dancing”, the band’s sound had shifted away from the more DIY sonics of the earlier recordings and a more electronic, polished sound was emerging. Punk hadn’t been forgotten but it’s the shiny Electro-Pop of its signature song, “Eurodisco” that encapsulates the second phase of the band.
A sixth bis LP was released November 2022. Systems Music For Home Defence finds the band in fine fettle with Sci-fi Steven proclaiming this album is the best bis have written.
The first single “Lucky Night” would not be out of place in a sweaty Ibiza dance club and maybe the bands most infectious track since “Eurodisco” itself.
This new wave will go on.