The Rakes is the indie rock quartet of Alan Donohoe, Jamie Hornsmith, Lasse Petersen, and Matthew Swinnerton. Formed in London in 2004, they have since been associated with the British post-punk / art-rock scene, a genre shared by bands such as Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park, and The Futureheads.
These young Londoners first came to prominence in 2005 with the singles 22 Grand Job and Strasbourg, and the smashing debut album Capture / Release. Angular and far wiser than their then contemporaries, The Rakes struggled for a bit with a difficult second album, 2007’s Ten New Messages – although in fairness, the difficulty lay more in the public’s refusal to pick it up, rather than some mental new direction – and after following in the footsteps of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and U2 by fleeing to Berlin for a rethink, they came up with the mighty Klang. Clocking in at just 29 minutes, their latest effort marks a return to the efficiency of their debut, so expect the short, efficient & angular indie post-punk which made them notable in the first place.