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Brighton four piece Thyla return with their boldest release to date, ‘Blame’. It is a bolstering, boisterous cut further adding to the growing excitement from the press and the public surrounding this new band. Produced by Macks Faulkron and mixed by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Weaves), ‘Blame’ is frantic and tough, spiky guitar riffs and tingling percussion beats. It is softened by the seductive femininity of Millie Duthie’s vocal yet her lyrics are equally jagged as she barks the track’s recurring hook “I can’t blame you, can only hate you.”

The band have drawn expected comparisons to London grungers Wolf Alice, yet this has the frivolous frustrations of Marmozets and Wallows. Ahead of the track’s release, the band stated: “’Blame’ is about the uncharacteristic choices people make when they’re trying to be like someone else, for the sake of someone else, at a cost to themselves. It’s a neurotic frenzy of guitars with self conscious lyrics about the state of paralysis jealously puts you in; blind anger with no real solution.”

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After picking up a host of tips from across the musical spectrum for this year, this exciting four piece are delivering on promise and releasing quality tracks that step the line between shoegaze and scum.

After the release of their exceptional debut EP, What’s On Your Mind?, earlier this year, things are only looking up for Brighton four-piece Thyla. Singles like “Tell Each Other Lies” “Pristine Dream,” “Only Ever” and “Blue” cultivate a misty dream-pop wonderland with frontwoman Millie Duthie’s enigmatic lead vocals as their euphoric centerpiece. Then add a framework of palatial, lush guitars and a dash of moody post-punk for good measure, and you have all the bearings of a band worth obsessing over.

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FUR – ” Angel Eyes “

Posted: February 22, 2019 in MUSIC
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Brighton quartet Fur have been delivering ’50s and ’60s-influenced pop songs with a sanguine sheen and toe-tapping beat for a few years now. They’ve released six singles to date and their self-titled debut EP is coming out on Feb. 14 via Nice Swan Records. Their recently highlighted their latest single, “Him & Her,” praising frontman Will Murray’s jaunty croon as well as the band’s rollicking guitars and infectious rosiness. Though retro pop and doo-wop are both at play here, their melodious songwriting could easily charm listeners from any decade.

Nice Swan Records, one of the country’s most exciting new labels and landing pad for early releases for the likes of Sports Team, Pip Blom and Sweaty Palms, today announce their latest offering – ‘FUR’, the debut self titled EP from Brighton-based quartet FUR.
The EP, lead by the hook-laden ‘Angel Eyes’, is a collection of warm, nostalgia-inducing yet fresh sounding songs from a band truly coming into their own.

Out on 14th February 2019.

Band Members
Murray/Zwaig/Tav/Flynn

GURU – ” Consumer Helpline “

Posted: February 20, 2019 in MUSIC
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If you like your indie rock dark, heavy and bordering on the psych-punk, then Brighton’s GURU should be the band for you. Guru blend psychedelia with fuzz and punk to bring one of the most promising and unique new sounds. It’s harsh and in your face, with outstanding vocals, tasty riffs and heavy bass. With ‘Medicine Man’ and the blistering ‘Consumer Helpline’ putting them on the radar strongly enough to propel this four-piece hollering loudly for attention into 2019.

Debut single – proper – ‘Consumer Helpline’ is a stark, electrifying piece of Brutalist indie rock, worth comparing to those initial Shame cuts or even elements of the Fat Whites. Picking apart modern relationships in an era of hyper-capitalism, it reminds us of everyone from Wire to Sports Team, that kind of barbed, deeply British take on art-punk.

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The single ‘Medicine Man’ is the band’s most visceral yet, opening with eerie feedback and a menacing bass line, the song kicks into a track that oozes with the attitude and commotion that defines them as a band.

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Band Members
Tom – Vocals
Kieran – Guitar
Fergus – Bass
Simon – Drums

 

GULLS – ” Flaws “

Posted: February 20, 2019 in MUSIC
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Gulls These Brighton almost spoken word indie punks captivated me during a local gig recently, using lyrics to convey political or social problems with danceable tunes. I think we’re going hear more from them in the future.

Sweet vocals join hard beats and guitars, all with a message running through it. Gulls make their own kind of Brighton Rock. Formed in 2016, Gulls‘ punk-rock-poem-pop sees them combine their influences that span QOTSA, Sleaford Mods and Nirvana, to created a raw seaside show of their own. Likened to Hole, Sleater Kinney and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Gulls make music so raw and stripped back it’s ready for a skinny dip plunge off Brighton Pier.

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Gulls are:
Rhi Kavok; punk poet
Boe h; guitar and vox
Hicks; drums

Yonaka

Fronted by the charismatic Theresa Jarvis, Brighton quartet Yonaka have been crafting dark, distorted, beats-heavy guitar rock for the past couple of years. 2018 saw them tour with Bring Me The Horizon, with their latest EP Creature being released this last November. Creature is out everywhere now! 4 tracks and we hope you love them. Let us know your favourite track and how it makes you feel, it’s about anxiety and the darkness that comes with love, it’s a story, it’s deep and it’s special it also has our take on The Zombies’ She’s Not There. 

Band Members
Theresa Jarvis – Vocals
George Edwards – Guitar
Alex Crosby – Bass/Keys
Robert Mason – Drums

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Brighton-based Fur are not a new band. They’ve been around for a good three years, and their first three singles were viral hits. We, however, have only started paying attention to Murray, Harry, Tav, and Flynn this year, and just in time. On Valentine’s Day 2019, they will release their self-titled, debut EP via Nice Swan Records . If their initial singles were clues as to what to expect, we’ll be in for a jukebox treat.

The quartet are reviving classic rock, specifically the music of the ’50s and ’60s. Their songs would be perfect for Happy Days or maybe a future Quentin Tarantino movie soundtrack numbers that get the hips wiggling and the toes tapping like “Angel Eyes” and “What Would I Do?“. If you dive a little deeper into their music catalogue, they also craft the perfect slow dance tunes (check out “If You Know That I’m Lonely”). Hmmm… maybe we’ll have to sign these guys for a house party one day.

Since first emerging in 2013 with her critically acclaimed ‘All We Can’ EP, Yumi And The Weather have spent the past few years perfecting their unique blend of electrifying technicolour psych-pop, finally emerging with their long-awaited full length offering (released via their own MIOHMI RECORDS imprint). Armed with this new arsenal of unrelentingly catchy and stirring pieces of music, Yumi are ready to continue their path of destruction (which has included a stint supporting British Sea Power, a slot at Secret Garden Party, Bad Pond Festival and heavy radio support from BBC 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny, Nemone and Radio X’s John Kennedy (including live sessions for BBC Introducing and Radio X)

A beautifully crafted album full of dynamics, their debut offering takes flight over a sprawling soundscape, paying little regard to genre confines. From the sparkling electronic spires of opening track ‘Celebrate’ and subterranean driving energy of hit single ‘Look At The Night’, accented by the arpeggiated neon synth lines of ‘Hustle’ and polyrhythmic guitar patterns of ‘Without You’ – there is some truly incredible musicianship on display here, all the time complimented by frontwoman Ruby Taylors impeccable ear for melody and powerful, yet delicate delivery.
Created in a small studio room above a sandwich shop in her coastal home town of Worthing, UK the album demonstrates Ruby’s song writing prowess, with sounds drawing from her electronic roots, spanning from dark synth heavy production to crunchy garage rock guitars, and soaring power pop anthems.

Having previously been confined to the isolation her bedroom studio, this new space gave birth to a collaboration friend Rob Flynn (of local duo Oslo Parks) who produced the album alongside Ruby, allowing her to explore the furthest reaches of her potential. This new working arrangement provided sanctuary, an escape from her lonely and uninspiring writing environment, one made worse from suffering yearly outburst of mania/bipolar disorder.
On the writing of the album Ruby explains, “It reflects what was going on in my life due to unsteady and uncertain relationships with people, and battling negativity because of overthinking, meanwhile dealing with low self-esteem”. 

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“Down to the boil, it is very influenced by Love, and the feeling that there is a lack of it for ourselves, and each other at times and the plea for empathy and kindness” Ruby states.
Having become a figurehead of the South-East music scene over the past few years, Yumi And The Weather are set to put themselves on the map much further afield with this incredible debut offering.

released September 14th, 2018

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“Things you thought you’d never see but glad you did Black Honey shaking their disco pants at Studio 54. Well, sort of! That’s what Brighton’s Black Honey look like they’re doing on their latest video ‘Midnight.’ After a string of acclaimed releases, the band are set to release their self-titled album and if the musical landscape wasn’t quite so fractured ‘Midnight’ could do for them what ‘Heart Of Glass’ did for Blondie. A word of warning the video does contain content which may disturb some people. Yes, the sight of Chris, Tom and Tommy’s synchronised dancing is something that may harrow some viewers to the very core of their being. The video is the sequel to ‘Dig’ . ‘Midnight’ is classic Black Honey, full of film noir B-movie references and stylised Tarantino-esque violence.  You half except Al Pachino playing Steve Burns to make a cameo.

Black Honey are now in a position where they can cleverly traverse and meld genres without alienating their existing fanbase or appear to be jumping aboard the trend bandwagon. The reality is, it’s Black Honey who are the trendsetters and their refusal to be pigeonholed, From the previous clip, it appears that a suave, blond, mustachioed man is the next on the kill list and a disco nightclub makes for the perfect, seemingly unsuspecting murder scene. Black Honey frontwoman Izzy Bee Phillips has enlisted the help of a few male accomplices (her three bandmates) to carry out the dirty deed—after all, you’d think she wouldn’t want to get any blood on her impeccable, sequined clothing. Though by the end of the disco ball-filled, Shaun James Grant-directed video, it’s clear that Phillips isn’t fazed by the sinister and isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty.

And‘Midnight’ delivers a disco-rock motherload like a laser-guided missile which in any right-thinking world should be this year’s summer anthem. It also demonstrates yet again what a fine songwriter Izzy B. Phillips is.  When the album drops we predict world domination for this Brighton four-piece who have never let us down from day one.

THYLA – ” Blue “

Posted: November 26, 2018 in MUSIC
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Last January the band were earmarked as one of NME’s 100 Essential Acts for 2018 alongside Dream Wife, Pale Waves, and Nilüfer Yanya, they’ve consistently received widespread support on the BBC Radio 1 airwaves, notably, they were picked by Huw Stephens as one of his Alternative tips for 2018. Their debut EP lead single ‘Candy’ and have subsequently received praise from all corners of the press (Pitchfork, Fred Perry Subculture, Stereogum, Line of Best Fit). After a three date run of UK shows with Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever at the end of October, 2018 will close with their first ticketed headline show in the capital at London’s Shacklewell Arms.

The Brighton, quartet Thyla have been catching fire with their unique dream-pop and post-punk fusion, and a string of standout singles, “Pristine Dream,” “I Was Biting,” “Blame” and “Tell Each Other Lies.” This week, they’ve just shared another new one in the form of “Blue.” Produced by Macks Faulkron and mixed by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta), “Blue” is marked by Millie Duthie’s sparkling vocals and transfixing presence, which linger over searing guitars that fluctuate from gentle dreamy bliss to fiery, head-banging lawlessness. “Blue” is another track that cements Thyla’s potential and showcases their sweet spot—engrossing post-punk finesse and ethereal dream-pop divinity try and catch them live soon.

Band Members
Millie, Mitch, Dan & Danny

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Brighton, England’s Toy have released their first new music since their third LP, 2016’s Clear Shot.

The krautrock five-piece unveiled two new tracks, “The Willo” and “Energy,” for a limited edition 12-inch single, out Friday, Sept. 14, via Tough Love Records. The 12-inch is the band’s debut release for the label and it will also serve as the first taste of their unnamed forthcoming fourth studio album, which will be released in January 2019.

Toy have earned a reputation as a band of integrity, virtuosity and taste, with Tom, Maxim, Dominic, Charlie and (joining in 2015) Max creating a sound that is embedded in the underground tradition, yet distinctly their own. Now here comes a two-track twelve-inch on Tough Love, a foretaste of a forthcoming album in January 2019, which marks a new dawn for this most singular of bands. The Willo is a dreamlike, seven-minute glide, redolent of a forest at sunset and just as pretty, but not without hints of malevolence. Maxim’s fingerpicking acoustic melds with electric twang from Dominic, and a whirling organ from Max Oscarnold gives this elegant creation an extra layer of disorientation and depth. “People appear to have seen Will-o’-the-wisp, a mysterious green-blue light, over the centuries. It generally means something ominous is about to happen”, says Tom.

“The Willo” opens with electronic percussion and acoustic guitar as the band’s ghostly ringleader and frontman Tom Dougall warns of a sinister ray of light, which has become woven into English folklore. The song hovers with Max Oscarnold’s (also of Proper Ornaments) whispering, psychedelic synths, twinkling guitars and Dougall’s eerie yet calming vocals, which culminate into a slowly unfolding, hauntingly beautiful track that highlights what the band does best: scrupulous writing and musicianship with equal parts brooding and dazzling.

Then there is Energy, which lives up to its name with thunderously metronomic drums from Charlie Salvidge and a ferocious guitar from Dominic O’Dair. The lyrics, culled from a story written by Max about a nighttime ritual, are obscured by the barrage-like forward momentum of the music. The twelve-inch, recorded and mixed by the band between Oscarnold’s Stoke Newington flat and a south London studio, is the first release for Toy on their new label Tough Love, representing the latest stage in the evolution of the band. Since their inception, they have released the acclaimed albums Toy (2012), Join The Dots (2013) and Clear Shot (2016), and toured everywhere from Serbia to China, while holding onto that youthful, magical moment of discovering strange new worlds of innocence and experience.

“People appear to have seen Will-o’-the-wisp, a mysterious green-blue light, over the centuries,” says Dougall of the inspiration behind “The Willo,” the single’s A-side. “It generally means something ominous is about to happen.”

Taken from The Willo/Energy 12″.