Soon after they formed in 2008, London's enigmatic trio Factory Floor garnered comparisons to post-punk and industrial greats like Joy Division and Throbbing Gristle. The group's first lineup featured drummer/vocalist Gabriel Gurnsey, keyboardist/bassist/vocalist Dominic Butler, and guitarist/percussionist Mark. From their debut single, the limited-release Bipolar, it was clear that their abrasive yet hypnotic and even danceable music was very different than that of other groups inspired by the post-punk era. Late in 2008, Factory Floor released the Planning Application EP, which took six weeks to record and featured Nikki Colk, formerly of Kaito UK, on guest vocals. Early in 2009, Colk joined the group as a full-time member. That year, the Japanese release Talking on Cliffs arrived, and the band supported the Horrors on their Primary Colours U.K. tour and Psychic TV on selected gigs. After signing to Blast First, the band's busy 2010 included the March release of the Lying single, which featured a remix of their song "Wooden Box" by Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris. Later that spring, they opened for Liars on the U.K. dates of their Sisterworld tour, and released their critically acclaimed debut mini-album, Untitled, in May. That September, they contributed a remix to Grinderman's second album, and that winter, they played All Tomorrow's Parties' first New Year's Eve celebration along with the likes of Sonic Youth and Shellac.
"They produce a sound, that even their most ardent of fans describe as punishing or austere, yet they seem equally at home playing raves, alternative festivals, art galleries, cinemas, nightclubs and rock shows..."