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The Alternators


Vocalist, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Background Singer.


The Alternators: Surrey based covers band. Not just any old covers band doing the same boring stuff. Our dictionary says "An alternator is an electrical generator that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy in the form of alternating current." Which suits us: we take the standard, mechanical covers band (by-the-numbers versions of dull songs) and, through our rotating magnetism, electrify the buggers and light up the room.

We call ourselves The Alternators for three main reasons. The first is that we alternate between two lead singers (one male, one female). We also try to do alternative covers – not the screamingly obvious Brown Eyed Girls chased by Mr Brightsides - but ones you'd forgotten you loved, old friends you embrace warmly. And the third reason is that we sometimes tackle them in a completely different style to the original, or mash up two or more songs. Keeps folk interested, we find.

About the "seeking musicians" part.... With our female co-lead vocalist stepping down after Christmas 2023, we are seeking a female to sing lead and harmonies. Keyboards ability would be a boon – adds to potential flexibility – but not a necessity.

Meanwhile, as we're not all always available we might need some deps from time to time. We'd be interested in hearing from guitarists and drummers who may be able to step in if one of us is out. Also intrigued to hear from keyboard players, especially who can also sing. Let's make some good music and have some fun - the audience tend to love that.

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Member since:
May 29 2023
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Level of commitment:
Years together:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
50 years


Artists we've covered include Abba, A-ha, Aretha Franklin, Arctic Monkeys, Beatles, Betty Everett, Bill Withers, Black Keys, Blondie, Blur, Bon Jovi, Bowie, Britney, Bruno Mars, Buzzcocks, Cardigans, Coral, Cure, Dodgy, Doobie Brothers, Duran Duran, Erasure, Feeder, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, Four Seasons, Franz Ferdinand, George Michael, Gloria Gaynor, Gloria Jones, Gnarls Barkley, Hard-Fi, Harold Melvin, Hives, Jam, Janis Joplin, Kaiser Chiefs, Madness, Magic Numbers, Manic Street Preachers, New Order, Pharrell Williams, Pink Floyd, Police, Pretenders, Pulp, Queen, Raconteurs, Radiohead, Rainbow, R.E.M., Reverend & the Makers, Rihanna, Roxy Music, Smiths, Smokey Robinson, Specials, Stereophonics, Stranglers, Strokes, Supremes, Talking Heads, Ting Tings, Undertones, Wheatus, Zutons and possibly more we've forgotten.


Lots of guitars, lovely Ludwig drums, all our own PA and mixing desk.

More videos at the famous video channel starting with Y T slash @thealternatorscoversband