About a year ago I started hearing people talk about a new band called Fukushima Dolphin. It's rare, when you live in a town where half of your friends are musicians, to hear people raving about a new act. But there I found myself, in a friend’s kitchen, while he excitedly dug out shaky mobile phone footage of a band performing raucously on the Albert stage, posted to YouTube. That was my first encounter with Fukushima Dolphin, with friends geeking out about the chords and vibe of this mysterious new band. I finally got to see them live, supporting Bloom at their Latest Music Bar album launch, and was suitably impressed. Main man, Josh, cuts an interesting figure in a floppy hat and dungarees, but makes an even more interesting sound on the guitar: running a battered old acoustic through a plethora of guitar pedals to create a psychedelic lead tone that really cuts through. I was intrigued by this band that sounded to me like a cross between The Flaming Lips and MGMT with a healthy dose of foot-stopping cowboy folk, which I could not place!
Formed by brothers Will and Matt Ritson, Formation’s life-affirming blend of catchy grooves, punk attitude and intelligent social insight has built their phenomenal debut album Look At The Powerful People. Ahead of its release and the band’s Brighton show at Green Door Store I had a chat with Matt from the band.
Making some of the coolest and most interesting pop around at the moment, Dutch Uncles have become a staple of the UK’s music scene through a string of art pop albums and their latest release, Big Balloon, is no different. Opting for a more restrained sound pallet, Big Balloon is an addictive concoction of 80s sounds and extremely likeable melodies with an added emotional edge. Ahead of the band making a stop in town, performing at The Haunt on 11th March, we spoke to Duncan to find out more from the band.
Shortly before the release of their brilliant debut LP and sold out Brighton show I caught up with Idles frontman Joe Talbot. Self-described as a “nosebleed for the ears”, the Bristol band’s noisey post-punk is an enticing and threatening spectacle to behold, with the politically-charged lyrics of Talbot a welcome antidote in the current musical landscape. The group have managed to capture the raw emotion of their live shows in Brutalism and with slots booked in at SXSW and the The Maccabees’ farewell tours, the band have a lot to be excited about.
Perth-based Methyl Ethel have long been a favourite of Brightonsfinest, releasing a spectacular debut album in Oh Inhuman Spectacle (2014), one of the sounds of our summer, as well as gracing Brighton for some stunning live shows in 2016. Dreamy pop and surf rock with Perth’s now legendary psych tinge sounds so organic and so natural, it is as if mastermind Jake Webb has brought Methyl Ethel’s sound to light from the depths of the musical vaults where it has been lying dormant for eternity. With album number two, Everything Is Forgotten, being released this week and a Brighton date at the Green Door Store on 7th March, we spoke to Jack to find out more about Methyl Ethel.
The Hundredth Anniversary are another incredible band from Brighton, who have recently released an exceptional debut album that we have been obsessing over at Brightonsfinest.com, perfectly summed up by our writer Ben Walker as “musical euphoria”. Falling into no particular category, The Hundredth Anniversary drifts seamlessly across 90s indie, post punk and alternative rock in one smooth and glorious motion. On their debut, Sea State Pictures, they have put together a spectacular and intriguing 34 minutes full of exquisite vocals and striking instrumentation that is as compelling as it is pleasing. We had to find out more about the group so we met up with Eleanor Rudge (vocals, guitar), Chris Lowe (bass) and Dem Marther (drums) from the band.
San Francisco based six-piece, the Seshen’s enticing electronic soul sound combines synths, drum machines, live percussion and the remarkable harmonies of lead singer, Lalin St. Juste, to create a magical forward-thinking concoction of influences from r’n’b, pop and electronic music. Glorious textures and heavenly grooves are the staple in their newest album Flames & Figures (released on Tru Thoughts Records, October 2016), superbly and effortlessly swelling from mesmerizing throbbing basslines to glistening pop harmonics. Ahead of The Seshen’s UK tour, stopping for what is sure to be a mesmerizing set at The Green Door Store on 12th March, we put some questions to Lalin St. Juste to find out more about the band.
For an artist to make you want to hear and find out more about them after just a single listen of one of their tracks, is quite a profound talent. Gabriel Garzón-Montano has talent in abundance – playing the violin from a young age, his mother started his musical training early, which culminated in him being the impressive multi-instrumentalist he is today. Now with a stunning EP (Bishouné: Alma del Huila, 2014) and debut album (Jardin, 2017) under his belt, Gabriel has created a sound that is unidentifiable and stands completely on its own, being a tribute to the music that he has grown up with and loves. We spoke to Gabriel ahead of his European tour, to find out more about him, his debut album and the future.
Raucous energy and heavy riffs makes for music you want to lose your shit to. Broadbay are championing this, gaining a reputation on the road as well as in Brighton for a mighty live show by bringing emotionally-tainted 90s grunge rock that will have you stage diving in seconds. Just check out their epic 360° music video for their newest single ‘Long Term Plan’ and you’ll get the idea. On Tuesday 23rd February they start three consecutive release shows (prepare yourselves) for their upcoming six track Long Term Plan EP, so we met up with James Willet, Bill Wood and Angus McAlpine to find out more about Broadbay.
Howland have been causing quite a stir! The pop-rockers have been playing raucous show all over the south coast as well as leaving a lasting mark on support slots with Fickle Friends, High Tyde and Clean Cut Kid. The rawness of their latest single, ‘No Way’, strikes an emotional chord that any love torn individual will latch onto from its very beginning, finding solace in the raucous, untamed body of the track that is sure to replicate well live. Ahead of their first headline show at The Hope & Ruin on 21st February, we met up with the Brighton-based four-piece to find out more about Howland.