Our Story

"ROOM 1985 know exactly how to craft a phenomenal listening experience from 

beginning to end." Bandcampdaries (USA) 

What happens when the psychedelic experimentation of Pink Floyd meets eighties nostalgia and then mixes with modern electronic sounds and techniques? Add in a whisper of post-rock and metal and ROOM 1985 is the result. This band of three is ready to take your hand, your soul, your brain and your heart on a journey for all the senses. 

Their influences (such as Depeche Mode, Mike Oldfield, The Mars Volta) are evident when you listen to ROOM 1985 originals and they were born to play the music that inspires them and ignites inspiration in others. 

Formed in 2016, the band was formed by Chris Crysand (guitar/synths) who has toured all over Europe with a previous electronic project and also with his Italian prog-metal band The Fifth Season. The bands boast collaborations with prestigious artists ranging from Van der Graaf Generator, Brandi Winny of Ozric Tentacles and Rofoldo Maltese through to DJ Antoine Becks, Lel Brothas and Nero. 

Chris Said: “I moved to Cheshire to try and form a band with no particular intentions or sound in mind, although I have always been a fan of synth-wave. I had previously advertised for a drummer and that’s when I met John (drummer) in a bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and soon the synth-wave idea turned in a “real” rock’n’ roll band with a strong electronic root. Now, we also incorporate a psychedelic / prog-rock feel. 

In April 2018, during the recording sessions of our second album, we met Sam (lead vocals/bass), who was planned to be a guest vocalist on one of the new songs. Then, for both sides, it seemed meant to be and so…. then there were three. In April 2019 Sam leaves the band and Ophir Burton becomes the band's new singer bringing the trio to change their base and officially become a band from Nottingham.

Ophir Burton, a singer and multi-instrumentalist with several years of experience pursuing a career in both performing and music production. His passion for music spans many genres as well as his passion for acting.

John Hulse (drums/programming) is a versatile drummer, inspired by John Bonham, Nick Mason and Phil Collins and all the iconic drummers of the 1970's. Having recently graduating at the BIMM Manchester Music College, John brings his experimental style using drum machines and electronic pads to create an original and unique sound. 

The band’s self-titled debut album was released in July 2017, preceding a support slot for German icons Das Ich’s sold out show at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester. 

Their second release The Bliss is due for release in August 2018, both via Analogue Trash Records. 

The debut album created a lot of great press and praise. 

"THESE GUYS HAVE GOT AN ABSOLUTELY KILLER ALBUM WITH THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT; it’s as inventive & exploratory as music can be, wildly complex yet incredibly smooth" SleepingbagFactory zine (Canada) 

" The self-titled, 10-track album on AnalogueTrash records takes progressive rock elements and pulses them through expansive, soundscape-shifting electronica for an utterly immersive journey which unlocks your mind as you listen" Louder Than War (UK) 

"ROOM 1985 immersed the crowd in a creative web of psychedelic space-rock fed through synths and unfurled with some of the most impressive, moving vocals of the evening. The creative combination of John Hulse and Chris Crysand is one to stand strong" (Live review - Emily Oldfield LTW)