Iglu & Hartly is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of Jarvis Anderson (vocals, keyboards), Sam Martin (vocals, keyboards), Simon Katz (guitar), Luis Rosiles (drums), and Michael Bucher (bass).
Jarvis Anderson, Sam Martin, and Simon Katz met at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before long, the 3 of them left school and moved to Echo Park, California to pursue a career in music. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Luis Rosiles flew from Jarvis’ hometown of Park Ridge, Illinois to join the band as their drummer, and LA local Michael Bucher joined as bassist.
After two years of playing in Southern California clubs, the band started receiving strong interest from a number of major record labels in the UK, as well as getting airplay from Jim Gellatly on Xfm Scotland. The band finally decided to sign with Mercury Records, but not before releasing their debut UK single “Violent & Young” on indie label Another Music = Another Kitchen on 2 June 2008 to critical acclaim.
The band’s next single “In This City” was released in September and was identified as “an anthem in the making” by an NME blogger. This kicked a massive tour, seeing the band play over 120 shows in a span of 150 days in 17 countries. The band also performed on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross on BBC One, helping “In This City” rise to number five in the UK charts, securing the band their first hit. An instrumental version of the song was also used as the theme tune for the Match Of The Day Goal of the Month competitions. NME featured the Band in over 15 different pieces prior to and after their controversial review of the album, including inviting the band to headline two dates on their NME Awards Tour. They also named them one of the “Twenty Bands Making America Cool Again.” In regards to other press outlets the album and the band were a polarizing force, generating both glowing reviews and venomous criticism.