TVAM, aka Joe Oxley, has an aura of mystery about him but we think of him more as a comet bursting into millions of wonderful ideas and influences. TVAM’s ‘Pyschic Data’ was such a refreshing record, flooring many people with Joe Oxby’s vision and production capabilities. One of best debuts of 2015 and still it sounds great five years later. He’s a throwback to early 1980’s old drum machines and synths. Using old Roland gear, it was like an album bands had stopped making. Joe is quite the auteur making and directing his own videos and putting them onto VHS which he plays back at gigs. Fascinated by the people’s obsession with pop culture and the world of advertising, he claims he is sick of nostalgia but cleverly cuts it up and gives it a futuristic twist . However, there is no getting away from the fact that his work is reminiscent of Throbbing Gristle as well as the great electronic Sheffield bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Mix in the cut-up techniques of the likes of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin with the space rock of Hawkwind and Spiritualised and you’re getting there. TVAM are truly a 21st Century band, aware of the past but constantly searching for the ultimate new sonic sound experience. Witness it!