The appearance of Githead and the release of their debut EP Headgit in 2004 surprised many, mainly because of the unlikely 'line up' and the fact that they operate in a pop & Rock rock environment rather than a purely experimental one.
The band's genesis was in the proverbial 'one off' as part of the celebrations of the Swim ~ label's 10th anniversary at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, but it quickly became apparent that the band was more than a mere collection of individuals and that it was able to generate its own style.
Initially 'drummerless', the band wrote and rehearsed in Swim's otherwise over-cramped studio from the outset. This basically guaranteed that all outbreaks of creativity could be instantly recorded. This meant that as well as building up a repertoire, the band was also recording towards an end of released material, and was subsequently able to fairly rapidly develop enough finished material to enable selections to be made for release.
Thus the debut EP Headgit was released before the band had played its third gig, and material towards the debut album Profile was already in the works before the band had even played two gigs.
The first three shows were performed without a live drummer, but it had always been the band's intention to be able play with live drums. Various applicants were considered, but in the end it was perhaps inevitable that Max Franken from Malka's band Minimal Compact would be the man to fill the drum stool.
Githead made their debut as a live four-piece in Antwerp in March 2005 following on with gigs in Spring & Summer that year. These included the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Cité De La Musique in Paris, The Paradiso in Amsterdam, Barby in Tel Aviv, The Botanique in Brussels & The Garage in London.
Since autumn 2005 the band have been concentrating on writing and recording their 2nd album, this has included a stint in live sound man Frank Lievaart's new Metropolis 22 studio in Rotterdam.
From the Githead website http://www.githead.com with permission