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Combining post-punk, industrial, and dance in equally hypnotic and abrasive ways, London's enigmatic Factory Floor garnered comparisons to greats like Joy Division and Throbbing Gristle soon after they formed in 2005. The group’s first lineup included drummer/vocalist Gabriel Gurnsey, guitarist/percussionist Mark Harris, and keyboardist/bassist/vocalist Dominic Butler. In 2008, Factory Floor released their limited-release debut single Bipolar and followed it later that year with the Planning Application EP, which featured former KaitO singer Nikki Colk Void on guest vocals. Harris left Factory Floor and formed the electronic duo Shift Work, and Void joined the group as a full-time member. In 2009, the Japanese release Talking on Cliffs arrived. After signing to Blast First, the band's busy 2010 included the March release of the Lying single, which featured a remix of their song "Wooden Box" by Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris, and the arrival of their critically acclaimed debut mini-album Untitled in May. That September, they contributed a remix to Grinderman's second album. In 2011, Void collaborated with Throbbing Gristle's Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti as Carter Tutti Void; the trio made their debut at Mute Records' Short Circuit Festival (their performance was released as 2012's Transverse). Later that year, Factory Floor made their DFA debut with the single Two Different Ways, which showcased a more streamlined, overtly danceable take on their hard-hitting repetition; another single, Real Love, appeared on Optimo. The trio continued work on their full-length debut in 2012 while they did a residency at the Institute of Contemporary Arts that found them collaborating with artists including Dan Tombs and Peter Gordon. Early in 2013, the Fall Back single preceded the release of Factory Floor in September. The following year, the band issued a series of remix EPs for the single "How You Say" that included reworkings by Helena Hauff, Daniel Avery, Bookworms, and Gunnar Halsam. After Butler's departure, Colk Void and Gurnsey continued Factory Floor as a duo and experimented with different gear with the goal of making more flexible and mobile music. In 2016, Factory Floor released the tracks "Dial Me In" and "Ya" before the arrival of their second album 25 25 that August. ~ Heather Phares
2008 in London, England