Originally known as Christian Aids, the Manchester act Stay + cultivated an air of mystery, releasing cryptic black-and-white images instead of the bandmembers’ names.
Mixing post-punk bleakness with electronic elements that evoked witch house, chillwave, and dubstep, the group put songs such as “Fever” online before releasing its debut single, Stay +, in spring 2011. Remixes of tracks by Purity Ring
, Junior Boys
, and Esben and the Witch
kept them busy, but shortly after the single’s release, the charity Christian Aid issued a trademark infringement against the group, which the bandmembers responded to by changing their name to Stay +. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi