This week, Royal Blood, the heavy-riffing two-piece from Brighton, seemed to announce their imminent return on twitter:
Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher stole 2014 with their self-titled debut record. It was full of ear-melting guitar that sparked a wave of guitar music returning to the mainstream. The news (fingers crossed!) of a second album from the band, is very exciting. It got me thinking about something I’ve harped on about a lot on the radio (I’m on CiTR 101.9FM every Tuesday at 10pm GMT): Brighton's incredible music scene. It seems that every second band I discover comes from this seaside city.
The city has always been home to great bands: along with Royal Blood, The Maccabees, British Sea Power, The Kooks and Blood Red Shoes all hail from Brighton, and each year the city plays host to Europe’s best new music festival, The Great Escape. It seems the city is in a real purple patch right now though, and I’d like to share with you some of the best new acts coming from the city:
The Magic Gang
These four lads are one of the best new bands right now. Churning out indie-pop melodies to die for, they have carved a countrywide reputation for themselves, and look set to break this year. If their songs continue to be as good as their debut EP, imaginatively titled EP, they will be very successful. Along with their impressive output as a band (they claim to have 50+ songs written), the members of The Magic Gang are prolific parts of Brighton's scene. Each member has at least one other project on the go and with this, they are also part of the Echochamp collective. This is a group of bands, that perform, write and record together. The collective has now become a label in its own right and appears to be the foundation on which the Brighton scene is built.
A band that is also a member of Echochamp, led by Daniel Taylor, which makes guitar-pop with a miserable (almost sulky) twist.
A similar outfit to the previous two bands, that is also part of Echochamp, this time with a little bit more grit and sadness sprinkled into the mix.
The next members of Echochamp combine the normal happy-go-lucky melodies of dreamy surf-rock with a melancholy shrug. Posture are the musical equivalent of morning-after come down – in a good way.
The final member of Echochamp on this list, but unlike the previous three, their sound is much heavier. A modern-day punk band.
One of my favourite bands right now. The four-piece, led by frontwoman Millie Duthie, make music that worms its way into your consciousness. It's a unique mix that switches from nonchalance and head-in-the-clouds musings to feet-on-the-ground grit in seconds. It is worth checking these guys out for the bassline on “Car Crash” alone.
Frontwoman Izzy B. Phillips was recently quoted as saying: “If it was my way we’d still be a secret band.” Sadly for her, there’s no way Black Honey’s blend of sass and indie rock is going to stay underground once their debut LP, which is apparently already written, surfaces.
Richard Sturges and Rob Weaver combine to form Tuska, a band who represent the dancier side of Brighton. They weave Tame Impala-esque psychedelic rock with healthy dose of space dust to form a sound which will get you moving your feet in no time.
Like a tiger stalking its prey, these three punks lure you in with a well-crafted melody (something punk is not normally blessed with), before ripping your eardrums to shreds in the chorus. They look set to take off this year, having just done an incredible live session for XFM and are currently out on tour with buzzband VANT.
Have I missed anyone? Do you agree Brighton is on the top of it’s game? Get in touch!
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