From the Austrian Alps to the United Kingdom, from Japan to Germany to Iceland and back through Europe, Clues is the debut album of self-styled noisepop cosmopolitan Bensh… and the sum of a six year expedition to some of the most ecclectic places in pop.
Born in Innsbruck, Austria, Bensh studied composition in the UK in 2004. After a period of extensive songwriting and subsequent recording sessions with Dan Swift (Snow Patrol, Art Brut) and Gordon Raphael (The Strokes), he embarked on a cultural exchange to Osaka, Japan. Since returning to Europe, Bensh lived and worked in Germany, UK, Austria and Iceland, where the final mix of Clues was completed with Biggi Birgisson (Sigur Rós). The track Doubt has received massive airplay in central Europe earlier this year, the new single How Come Nao is already receiving airplay in Austria and Germany.
On stage, Bensh is joined by virtuoso synth-wizard Sion Trefor from Cardiff/UK and Bensh’s multi-instrumentalist brother Sevo. After a number of shows in Austria and Germany, the formation just brought their blend of catchy noise-pop to the US and Canada for the first time. Bensh’s debut Clues is out in several European territories this summer/fall, starting with a release in Austria on May 27th (Odd One In/Hoanzl) and the UK and Sweden and Germany on October 14, 2011, with Canada to follow in early 2012. The three piece will tour extensively in the months ahead. Around the globe in thirteen songs. And this journey has clearly just begun.