The Toby Gribben Show Highlights


Alpha Circle

Season 2022, Ep. 272

Alpha Circle is a band, made up of 2 Englishmen and 2 Spaniards, that hangs the "sold-out" sign at each concert it performs, based on fresh and diverse music with influences from various genres, including pop, rock, country, funk, jazz and classic. One presenter described their sound as “surf pop-rock”. Its base is the luminous brit-pop of the best Lightning Seeds or Blur without forgetting rock. Their early hits have reached major radio stations in countries like England and the United States and the band has incredible numbers on platforms like Spotify with every single released. The band revolutionizes its audience at each concert both on large stages and in small venues.

The Spanish band have just released their last single "1995", an indie-pop/disco track. Their previous single "Phoenix and Butterflies" recently won first place in Shout Radio's very own Toby Awards 2022. The song gained 68% of the votes among the other 29 nominees.

Alpha Circle is based in Madrid and is comprised of Lee Chamberlain (frontman and voice), Simon Richman (drums and voice) and Alberto Garcia (guitar) - they've been also accompanied by Lewis Ceballos (bass), Iker Arranz (bass in recordings) and Dj Moderno (bass in live shows).

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