Laish is the song-writing project of Danny Green, a sensitive, introspective singer-songwriter, now based in London, who we’ve been following for some time at Brightonsfinest. Formed in 2008, while he was also drumming for Sons of Noel and Adrian, Green’s band quickly became part of the much-feted Willkommen Collective, at the centre of Brighton’s alternative folk scene. Having released a couple of albums, recorded at home, Laish were off, with great support from BBC Radio and a live show that took him as far afield as India and Israel. The latest Laish album, Pendulum Swing, recently released in November 2016, was partially crowdfunded and the first recorded in a professional studio. It’s a triumph of a record which seems to be catapulting the group to new heights, with a really positive critical reception. I asked Danny a few questions to find out more…
Having released a lo-fi DIY EP early in 2015, back when it was just George Godwin and Peter Martin, Grapefruit Moon are now a four-piece band, also enlisting the help of sound engineer Jay Pocknell. We have recently been gifted with the release of their debut singles ‘Cotton Blue’ and ‘For A Lemon’, both utterly ambitious in sound but also full of spine tingling beauty that will immediately make them a band you want to hear much more of. Still at the very beginning of their musical lives, we met George and Peter for a winter warmer and found out more about Grapefruit Moon.
Birdeatsbaby are one of Brighton’s most outward looking groups having, from the very early days, skilfully used the internet to get their music out to a wider audience. Heavily stylised YouTube music videos and, more recently, funding platforms like Patreon, have helped them to reach and unite fans on the cultural fringe. As their sound has shifted from the dark cabaret of their roots to a more progressive, heavy rock style they’ve grown a self-sustaining following that sees them able to tour around the globe. Shortly after the release of their fourth LP TANTA FURIA, and at the end of another European jaunt I fired off a few quick questions to lead-singer and defacto head-honcho Mishkin Fitzgerald to see how they’re getting on.
Rob Smoughton’s Black Peaches produce a masterclass in southern boogie; melding funk, country, Latin and psychedelic sounds with a world of influences from his obsessive love for collecting records. Starting out in 80s new wave act Scritti Politti and going on to being one of the early members in indie dance act Hot Chip, then leaving to pursue his solo electro soul venture as Grosvenor, there is no doubt that Rob’s talents spread far. After Black Peaches’ groove-inducing debut, Get Down You Dirty Rascals (Feb 2016), and their psychotropic live show to match, we cannot wait to get down to the sound of Black Peaches when they come back to Brighton early in December. We spoke to Rob to find out more about him and his music.
Vant are the band on everyone’s lips. With a reputation for a blistering live set and songs that will have you singing after one listen, the now London-based act have firmly taken the jump from one of the UK’s best up-and-coming acts to one of the UK’s leading rock bands. Having played Brighton’s smaller dive venues numerous amounts of times in the three years since they formed, Vant finally step up to play The Haunt for what is sure to be a raucous evening. Ahead of that show on 28 November, we put some questions to lead singer, Mattie Vant, to find out more about him and the band.
Matthew & Me’s new EP Startpoint is a hotbed of soaring instrumentation and epic soundscapes that take you on an explorative journey. After perfecting their craft for over half a decade, the songwriting pair of Mattew Board and Lucy Fawcett were signed by innovative record label Beatnik this year and have just completed a short UK tour to support the recent release. I caught the band after their headline show at the Rialto Theatre.
As ambient pop goes – you certainly don’t get anything as dreamy, sultry and emotionally driven than Cigarettes After Sex. Their minimal sound scape that dances with silence is sparse, angelic, sometimes haunting, but always captures the romantic lust we all wish for. With new music on the horizon and a Brighton live date locked in, we asked lead singer Greg Gonzalez some questions to find out more about Cigarettes After Sex.
Pavo Pavo are a revelation – they have seamlessly come to light in our cluttered musical world, bringing with them one of the most glorious sounding debut albums (Young Narrator In The Breakers) we’ve heard in a while, let alone in 2016. Forming the band whilst studying at Yale University, the experimental pop five-piece are a musical mixture of minds who have worked with some of the best in indie and classical music (such as Here We Go Magic, John Zorn, Dave Longstreth, Porches). Together, they have created something quite special and what’s most exciting is that this is only just the beginning for Pavo Pavo. We put some questions to the band to find out more about them.
Blake Bastion has been on Brighton’s scene for a while as a solo guitarist and a very good one at that. A talented player who writes engaging songs, and whose use of a loop pedal hinted at his wider flair for composition. He used the launch of his debut EP Hummingbird, to explore his own potential, standing at the head of a ten-piece band he’d gathered solely for the occasion. The scale of the project was one that might’ve defeated a lesser musician. I met up with Blake to find out more about his future plans and wider objectives.
After an incredible spout of shows at The Great Escape Festival this year, Julia Jacklin’s sound is one we have fallen in love with. The Aussie singer-songwiter plays a country/folk rock sound that we cannot get enough of, especially after the release of her exceptional debut album, Don’t Let The Kids Win. Playing a mix of songs on her own and with her band, you too will have the chance to see this new talent as she tours the UK supporting Whitney. We put some questions to Julia to find out more about her.