This UK indie pop band was formed by Victoria Hesketh (b. Leeds, West Yorkshire, England; vocals, synthesizer, percussion), Lucy Catherwood (b. Leeds, West Yorkshire, England; guitar) and Marie France (b. Leeds, West Yorkshire, England; bass, vocals, samples). The trio met while attending art school in Leeds in August 2005, and instantly bonded over a mutual love of the Rapture, the Killers, Ladytron, and Siouxsie And The Banshees. Each member already had musical skills, but it was the meeting of these stylish individuals that proved the catalyst behind Dead Disco. Their ascent to the top of the new bands list happened extremely quickly when they played a few gigs in the north of England, most importantly a headline slot at the ‘In The City’ event in Manchester late in 2005. The gig went extremely well, and through this the trio got to record their debut, ‘The Treatment’, with in-demand producer James Ford. The single was released in April 2006 on the High Voltage label, with its mixture of jangly guitars and deadpan vocals attracting positive reviews. The digital-only release ‘City Place’ on PlayLouder Recordings fused driving synth-riffs with poppy vocals, and was also included on Dance To The Radio’s What We All Want compilation.
Dead Disco signed to leading UK independent label Fierce Panda Records for the release of their third single ‘Automatic’ in September 2006. The beefed up bass sound and exciting synthesizer arrangements had style and substance, a rarity in the British new wave scene.