Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are the queen of stoner pop in Sweden. For a band that is still relatively in its infancy, only having an EP and two singles, they have quickly made a name for themselves in what is mostly a male-dominated psyche scene. Their mesmerizing sounds of hypnotic gospel and dreamy soundscapes has certainly been exciting BrightonsFinest, After tours with Goat and Les Big Byrd, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation recently got nominated for Swedish Grammy as Best New Artist. We spoke to Josefin to find out more about Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation.
Cessna Deathwish are a band well and truly in their infancy. George McCanna (vocals/guitar), Alex Cockburn (guitar), David Harding (bass) and Jack Greenwood (drums) came together at BIMM College to create an indie folk that is reminiscent of the Bright Eyes. I met the lads after an extremely impressive live show (especially as it was only their third ever gig) at Worthing’s St Georges Church supporting Kassassin Street, to find out more about Cessna Deathwish.
BrightonsFinest first came across The Slow Revolt (aka Joe Miraza) at the Drill Festival in 2014. From then on we have not been able to stop playing his Soulful Electronic beats in the office. Tracks like ‘Never Get Close’ and ‘The Dark Matter’ have a timeless mystic feel to them, and when you hear Joe playing live single-handedly with a whole host of electronic wizardry, a guitar and his silky smooth voice your jaw starts to drop and your legs undoubtedly start to move. I met up with Joe after an auspicious show at The Hope & Ruin, on his first headline tour, to find out more about what makes The Slow Revolt.
Kassassin Street is a band definitely on the way up, having already gathered a very strong local following. Their brand of psychedelic pop-rock is a very likeable cocktail indeed, and judging by the reaction of the crowd at a special show at Worthing’s St Pauls Church, they continue to keep serving it up to the highest standard. I spoke to the boys from Portsmouth after they left the stage to find out more about Kassassin Street.
Ibibio Sound Machine are an eight piece band who put a modern twist on the West African sound. Their songs are based around folk stories from southeast Nigeria, which are draped in vibrant afrocentric sounds and pulsating electronic beats which will leave you breathless from the uncontrollable dancing it evokes. I spoke to British/Nigerian lead vocalist Ebo Williams moments after she left the stage at The Haunt after a glorious performance, to find out more about the band.
The Wave Pictures are a three piece band who are prolific in making albums. Since the band came to life in 1998 they have released 14 albums, their most recent (Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon) being a collaborative effort with the legendary cult artist Billy Childish who co-wrote and produced the album. It was all recorded using Billy Childish’s equipment, including his 60s Selmer amps, a 60s drum kit and his rocket-ship shaped guitar, which all helped to bring out a different side to The Wave Pictures music. The band are renowned for their amazing live performances, never using keyboards or guitar effect pedals, but still creating the perfect encompassing sound. I spoke to guitarist and lead vocalist, David Tattersall, to find out more about the band.
Way before Gaps was formed, Rachel and Ed met at school in Coventry (“we had an Electronics class together”). After university in Brighton, and sometime later, they were reunited through a mutual friend. That was fate starting the ball rolling, and the first baby steps of the Gaps.
I first had the joy of seeing the Rachel and Ed playing their minimal electro-folk in a very dark room at the Prince Albert. The audience were all captivated, quite possible hypnotised by Rachel’s angelic voice and their celestial beats. There was a lot of love in that room at that time for the duo, for not only was it their homecoming gig after a short tour, but their fan base has quickly multiplied after some beautiful releases and a big collaboration EP with DJ extraordinaire Maya Jane Coles. I caught up with the pair over a quick bit to eat to hopefully find out when their debut album is going to appear.