Brighton band High Tyde have debuted their new single Dark Love as well as sharing release details for their upcoming third EP.
Dark Love got it’s first play exclusively on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on Thursday evening. With soaring guitars and racing percussion, it’s another addition to the band’s already established list of absolute indie bangers.
The quartet have also released information about their third EP, titled Safe. Due for release on the 8th April, the EP will feature tracks Dark Love, Safe, These Nights and Wine. The body of work has been described as: “An amalgamation of their past work combined with a maturity and grasp on songwriting way beyond their young years.”
As well as this the four piece will be embarking on a mammoth UK tour throughout April. The extensive list of live dates will see them travel the length of the UK from Glasgow and Newcastle to Southampton and Brighton. The full list of tour dates can be found here:
Listen to Dark Love here:
Words by Shannon Cotton
Brighton rock band Of Empires and winners of MTV’s brand new unsigned award of 2015, have released a brand new track today ahead of the release of their second EP. Baby Darlin’ Sugar was debuted last night on BBC Radio 1’s Introducing show and continues their aptitude for writing punchy, sing along rock anthems. The clap along drum beat puts a spring in the step of the new track as a spaced out guitar sound offers the back drop for some great crooned vocal work. The track builds up perfectly to its chorus with lead singer Jack shouting out “what happened to you?” to whoever his baby darlin’ is.
Overall it’s a great rock song with anthemic qualities that will have you singing along hours after you’ve first heard it while serving as a preview for what’s to come on their next E.P.
You can listen to the track through this link: Track starts at 2:16:00
Words by Liam Williams
The first wave of acts performing at next year’s Great Escape have been announced.
This year Mystery Jets, Beach Baby, Girli, Tigercub and Vant are heading up the UK contingent, with Australia’s Banff, Methyl Ethel and Owen Rabbit also appearing on the bill.
On Thursday the 19th May 2016 the All Saints Church will play host to a Spotlight show featuring Mura Masa, Oh Wonder and Shura.
The annual event takes place in Brighton every year and aims to showcase some of the best up and coming musical talent from around the world.
The full line-up can be found here: http://greatescapefestival.com/line-up/
Words by Shannon Cotton
Soda Lime Love is the latest offering from Brighton based duo MIAMIGO. It’s the follow up to the band’s first EP Hard To Love which was released earlier this year and sees the self-confessed dark pop purveyors explore a delectable indie electronic sound.
EP opener What I Want is easily the duo’s best track to date – and quite possibly one of the best songs of the year. From the delicious guitars and sparkling synths to Liam Fox’s playful lyrics: “you look ancient, for someone so young”, everything about this track is just heavenly. It is quite simply, an absolute banger.
Second track, Seeing Two, is a modern day indie electro slow jam. With sultry and smooth synths mixed with a healthy amount of groovy guitars and a totally necessary almost acapella breakdown, this is exactly how Marvin Gaye would sound if he was a hipster lothario in 2015.
Nobody sees the inclusion of some unexpected but pleasant jazz vibes. The track’s pulsating percussion is set to Fox’s suave vocals as he sings: “Not gonna pick up the phone when you ring and I won’t feel guilty.”
Closing track Last Summer is full of industrial synths and elusive lyrics like: “Only I know what you did underneath the palm trees”, set to indulgent electronic beats. This is where MIAMIGO’s dark pop claims really prove themselves.
This Brighton band have already released a very good EP this year, but Soda Lime Love just goes to show they have the ability to keep creating cohesive and captivating music.
Listen to What I Want Below:
Words by Shannon Cotton
Disclosure and Rudimental have announced that they have set up their very own festival. Wild Life, that will take place at Brighton City Airport on June 6th and 7th will feature a carefully curated lineup with such acts as George Ezra, Maya Jane Coles, Andy C and Jamie XX alongside some seriously big names in house, pop and drum and bass.
Tickets are available from http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Wildlife2015 at £119.90 (including booking fees and return shuttle bus).
The first four rows of the crowd in this makeshift, mirrored, wooden space – one of the smaller Great Escape venues – are female and every one of them thinks Hozier (Andrew Hozier-Byrne) is singing to them. That he not only wants them, but ‘needs’ them. The thing is that Hozier sings openly and honestly about romance and isn’t afraid of being vulnerable.
Brighton’s annual celebration of all things new has become many things to many different people. For the intrepid, it’s a chance to put your finger on the pulse on what the kids are going to be listening to in a couple of months and claim bragging rights. For the ambitious, it’s an opportunity to network via the festival’s delegate system, a sort of fast pass to meeting and greeting the people keeping the cogs turning within the industry mechanism. And for the majority of punters, it’s an opportunity to get shamelessly wasted and stumble around Brighton, can of red stripe in hand, with absolutely no clue of where the night’s going to take you next.
My experience of The Great Escape this year was a satisfying melee of the three. Here’s how shit went down with a little help from a few other of my UCA comrades.
On the 18th of October, my photographer and I ventured down to Brighton for the first time to shoot and review the first show of To Kill A King’s biggest headline tour to date. The brighton venue Audio was packed with talented musicians and loved-up fans. It was an incredible spectacle and the amount of talent was summed up by frontman Ralph at the end of the night saying – “we’re very lucky to have been able to choose our support artists for the first time tonight…”.