Tag: Brighton

YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

After bursting onto the scene in 2016, YONAKA immediately became one of the UK’s buzziest bands. Comparisons to Wolf Alice were inevitable with their combination of gritty, explosive indie rock and foreboding storytelling. Not surprisingly, Atlantic Records UK quickly signed the Brighton-based quartet, further fueling expectations that a record was on the way. Finally, YONAKA’s first EP arrived on Friday, and […]

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Animal House – “Coca Cola” (video premiere)

Animal House – “Coca Cola” (video premiere)

In the classic party movie, Animal House, the Delta Tau Chi fraternity is on double secret probation (whatever that is) because its members violated every Faber College rule and are flunking their courses. Instead of investing their time to studying, they decide to host a toga party, which is one of the great moments in film history. (John Belushi in […]

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Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River can not be compared to anything I’ve heard before, as I don’t think I’ve ever been exposed to the raw power that they gave us during a short set on Saturday. Their performance was part of a Holy Roar Records showcase in their home town of Brighton. The band recently completed another European tour, where their brand of hardcore […]

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Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

What do you do when you graduate Unversity? Grow up? Get a proper job? Put the drums in the loft and leave the guitar to gather dust in the corner? Not necessarily… As actor Jim Carrey remarked, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”, so Brighton-based […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Phoria

SXSW 2017 Memories – Phoria

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Phoria. The Brighton, England-based quartet are […]

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Jolé – “A Year of Ages” (single premiere)

Jolé – “A Year of Ages” (single premiere)

Sometimes it is important to get away from it all. To escape the demands of our careers. To venture out and meet new people. To explore new countries and experience new cultures. And in the process, feel reinvigorated, be able to test our limits, and discover who we are. This is exactly what Jolé – a.k.a. Josh Oliver – has been […]

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Johnny Kills – “Maybe Next Year” (single premiere)

Johnny Kills – “Maybe Next Year” (single premiere)

A month ago, three young guys from southern England dropped their debut single.  “Take It Easy“ by Johnny Kills arguably was the biggest surprise hit of the spring. Think Thee Oh Sees meets METZ meets Wavves, and it is easy to explain why this little-known band had the blogosphere excited about their fiery brand of indie rock. Today, Johnny Kills […]

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Phoria – “Volition”

Phoria – “Volition”

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Massive Attack introduced the world to a new version of electronic music. Their version of trip hop was magical and mystifying at the same time, having that rare ability to be able to take over people’s minds and emotions. In the 2000s, M-83 took electronic music to different cinematic spectrums – from immensely […]

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Black Honey – “Headspin” EP

Black Honey – “Headspin” EP

2015 was the year of Wolf Alice. Now set aside 2016 as the year of Black Honey, the Brighton, England-based quartet who have already taken the world by storm. Late in 2014, they released their eponymous debut EP, which drew comparisons to Lush and even Mazzy Starr for the band’s blend of garage-infused, cinematic indie-pop. This was best evidenced on […]

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Army of Bones – “Break Away” (single premiere)

Army of Bones – “Break Away” (single premiere)

There have been a few artists and bands that have arrived this year which have caught our attention. Not just in a passing fancy but who we can honestly say we get excited every time they release a new song and we get antsy when we don’t hear from for a few weeks. Bands who have time and time again […]

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Thyla – “Betty”

Thyla – “Betty”

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom Members: Thyla are Millie Duthie (vocals/guitar); Elis Davies (guitar), Danny Southwell (drums), and Dan Hole (bass). For those who like: Garbage, Wolf Alice, Joanna Gruesome Our take: Released in the spring, “Betty” is the debut single from Thyla. With Millie Duthie’s poignant lyrics and punk-ish vocals and the edgy guitar work and bass lines, the track has the attitude and […]

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Stuart Newman – “Love’s Off the Hook”

Stuart Newman – “Love’s Off the Hook”

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom Member: Stuart Newman For those who like: Richard Ashcroft, The Verve, Neil Young, Hawksley Workman Our take: How did we not find out about Stuart Newman sooner? His folk-rock style is a blend of Richard Ashcroft and The Verve and a young Neil Young. His latest single, “Love’s Off the Hook”, is more playful and upbeat, […]

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Bentcousin with Guiville – “Solid”

Bentcousin with Guiville – “Solid”

  For a few months now, London/Brighton-based band Bentcousin has teamed up with Paris-based producer Guiville on a few songs, such as “Golden”. Their latest collaboration sees them release a ’70s-inspired pop tune, “Solid”. It’s a cheery and even romantic song. And unlike many collaborations involving a producer, the song respects the poppy and shimmering melodies of the original song. […]

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True Noir’s debut single, “Creation”

True Noir’s debut single, “Creation”

  Plenty of bands recently have established huge followings even before releasing an album. One of the more recent examples is Wolf Alice, who made their spiraling indie rock into a huge success. Following in their footsteps is Brighton, UK quartet True Noir. While there are similarities in sound to Wolf Alice as well as Daughter, True Noir take a […]

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Prinzhorn Dance School – “Home Economics”

Prinzhorn Dance School – “Home Economics”

The xx may get all the buzz as the group that made minimalist, avant-garde pop music popular, but roughly around the same time Prinzhorn Dance School was formed. Granted, unlike The xx who created hypnotic, haunting, electronic bass-driven music, Prinzhorn Dance School leaned more towards experimental pop akin to bands like Dirty Projectors and Deerhoof. However, on their third album, […]

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