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10 Years of FILTER: Issue #13 Revisited, Getting To Know M83, Razorlight + More (Winter 2004)

By Staff on May 30, 2012


10 Years of FILTER: Issue #13 Revisited, Getting To Know M83, Razorlight + More (Winter 2004)

2012 marks FILTER Magazine's tenth year in print. To celebrate, we are looking back at some of our favorite magazine features, from July 2002’s Issue #1 all the way up to this coming November’s Issue #50.

Getting To Know is a section in the magazine that serves as a good gauge for our predictions of greatness. In FILTER Issue #13, released Holiday 2004, we introduced Handsome Boy Modeling School, Augie March, Razorlight, Moving Units and M83. Here is a brief look at those artists, then and now.

Stay tuned for Issue #13's complete "Seeing the World Through Bright Eyes" cover story to be posted later this week.

Getting To Know Recap

ISSUE 13: Holiday 2004

Band: Handsome Boy Modeling School

Where They Were Then: The end of 2004 marked the release of Handsome Boy Modeling School’s sophomore album White People. The album featured several collaborations and their first music video for the single “The World’s Gone Mad” which included appearances by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Barrington Levy and Alex Kapranos.

Where They Are Now: After seven years (and only two albums) of being incredibly vain, rich, and high-class, Handsome Boy Modeling School disbanded in 2006. Prince Paul initiated the split citing “business conflicts” with Dan the Automator.

FILTER Said: The greatest thing about Handsome Boy Modeling School is that everyone’s in on the joke… Unlike so many rock-rap comps and DJ mash-ups, a Handsome Boy record is legitimate, fun, truly inventive, and surprisingly natural…

They Said: “You reach out to the handsome people,” says Automator. “You ever see that TV show called Batman? They put up that signal, and things just happen, you know? Well, you throw out the handsome vibe and they come rolling in.”


Photo by Esther Michel

Band: Augie March

Where They Were Then: The boys had just released their second full length album Strange Bird (their first—Sunset Studies—was currently not available in the US still) and were enjoying the high critical praise of the LP.

Where They Are Now: Augie March is currently on a multiple year hiatus which began in 2009. The Aussies left the music scene right as they were gaining some serious mainstream success after their fourth studio album Watch Me Disappear (2008). 

FILTER Said: Australian quintet Augie March’s second record, Strange Bird, is a task. It’s a nut to crack. It’s got a thick shell. It’s an inch over an hour long. Yes, it’s intoxicating and the effort to get there is like making that trudge to the pub even when there’s a bundle of cold ones huddled in the home fridge. You can find a lot of easier records to listen to, but that’s not the point.

They Said: “Yeah, we went through some kind of rough period there. We should send out the pictures from ’96 or ’97 when we were still fresh-faced. But those days are gone.”


Photo by Sophie Jarry

Band: Razorlight

Where They Were Then: The four lads from London were just being caught up in the whirlwind that was the success of their debut album Up All Night. They were immediately placed in the same category as bands like The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand.

Where They Are Now: After three albums and a complete line-up change (except for frontman Johnny Borrell), the newly formed Razorlight is in the middle of touring the UK for the summer including many major festivals. There is also talk of a fourth album in production, but no definitive news yet!

FILTER Said: Every week the Anglo music press hyperbolizes about four skinny lads sharply dressed in the requisite tight jeans, raggedy shirts and scrappy Converse high tops, but the quartet in question surpasses all that bullshit and delivers the goods.

They Said: “The commitment we made from the start was not just to be good, but to be historically good.”


Photo by Rony Alwin

Band: Moving Units 

Where They Were Then: The Los Angeles trio just released their debut full-length album Dangerous Dreams, and opening for the likes of Hot Hot Heat, Blur, Nine Inch Nails and the Pixies.

Where They Are Now: Moving Units released Tension Wars, their second EP (after 2 LPs), in February of last year and performed at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in 2011.

FILTER Said: So whether or not they want to admit to the existence of a movement, finding themselves a piece of one makes it a helluvalot harder to convince audiences that Moving Units’ new full-length, Dangerous Dreams, is not just an attempt to cash in.

They Said: “You think everything’s been done before,” says Blake. “But then you have a night playing live where suddenly, there is a whole new cast of characters. And it’s refreshing because everyone seems genuinely enthusiastic about being a part of something that’s new, their own, unique to our place and time.”


Photo by Sebastien Agnetti

Band: M83

Where They Were Then: Anthony Gonzalez had just split up from his musical partner Nicholas Fromageau, thus making M83 a solo project instead of the original duo. Gonzalez was about to release Before the Dawn Heals Us—the group's third full length album—which received positive reviews.

Where They Are Now: In 2011 M83 released its sixth LP, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, which was widely considered one of the greatest albums of the last year. Gonzalez will be touring extensively this summer in support of the album including stops at major festivals such as Coachella, Osheaga Festival and Primavera Sound.

FILTER Said: The 23-year-old is very much an experimental music superhero living an enviable double life: soaking up the relaxing scenery by day; toiling furtively for hours on end to sculpt beautiful melodies by night.

They Said: “I created the project with Nicholas and I wanted to change the name, but he said to keep it. He understood that I wanted to make music alone. That sounds weird, I know, but I wanted to go in a new direction. I love to be alone and be my own boss. It’s definitely a more personal record.”