The long-awaited return of Beach Fossils, Somersault exhibits a band in bloom. Moving into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, it’s an album that captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience. The Brooklyn band will be showcasing it to Brighton at the beginning of September, ahead of this show I caught up with Dustin Payseur from the band.
South East London’s Inheaven are one of the leading lights in the thriving UK shoegaze movement with their My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain influenced compositions. Ahead of the release of their debut album and headline show at The Haunt I caught up with Chloe Little from the band.
Nashville born and bred, Kurt Wagner is anything but your typical country and western artist. Although loosely associated with the alternative country genre, he and his band have always been interested in all sorts of music; from post-punk, to soul and lounge, as well as developing a love affair with hip-hop and electronica. Wagner startled many when last year’s FLOTUS album revealed a love of the vocoder in treating his lugubrious, yet subtly playful, voice. It worked a treat, and confirmed yet again what a forward-thinking, experimental and adventurous artist he is.
Coming all the way across the Atlantic from Nashville, Soccer Mommy (Sophie Allison) is embarking on her first ever UK tour to coincide with the release of her latest album, Collection. Sophie’s sound is one laced with sombreness, yet meets audiences with an airy feel that is simply infectious. We caught up with Sophie following the Brighton date of the tour to see how the young artist is finding touring another continent.
Fake Laugh is the solo project of Kamran Khan. He’s now got his self-titled debut out which is an incredibly joyful and romantic listen. We had a chat with ahead of his UK tour to speak about the beginnings of Fake Laugh, the new album as well as his relationship with our seaside city.
Frankie Cosmos are the band of songwriter Greta Kline. After getting significant attention through her releases on Bandcamp, Frankie Cosmos have started to evolve into an extremely beloved group. Greta’s songwriting is very lo-fi, raw and sweet. Her songs ooze with charm. The group have recently signed to Sub-Pop Records and with a new album lurking in the distance, we had a chat with Greta before her Brighton show to talk about the band and her development as a songwriter.
Girl Ray have become one of 2017’s most hyped bands. Their music is raw and deep. There’s a complexity to their songs which is disguised with subtlety. Do they deserve the hype they are receiving? Absolutely. Their music boarders on melancholic but is countered with their natural charm and beautiful airy vocals. Just before their debut Earl Grey was released, singer and guitarist Poppy had a brief chat with us to talk about the band’s journey up to this point.
Scottish rockers Neon Waltz will soon be releasing their debut LP Strange Hymns, as they look to showcase their stringent melodies, delicate harmonies and emotional compositions to a wider audience. Ahead of this release and their headline London show at the end of August, I caught up with guitarist Kevin Swanson.
Similar in feel to the global Sofar Sounds, Folklore Sessions is a monthly night in Brighton put in place by local singer-songwriter Jacko Hooper as an opportunity to bring some of the finest acoustic musicians to the masses. A mainstay of the Brighton music scene, many of our favourite local artists have performed at these live acoustic nights. On what is sure to be a special occasion, they are leaving their regular venue at The White Rabbit for the first time and bringing it to The Hope & Ruin on Monday 7th August. Our writer Jamie MacMillan caught up with Jacko to chat about Folklore Sessions and the next step for him as an artist.
The Districts possess the ability to make anything sound epic, and they threaten to turn The Haunt into one large hotbed of euphoria in September when they showcase new record Popular Manipulations. If coming-of-age album A Flourish and a Spoil hinted at the band’s forward-thinking signatures, then the new tracks look to be the culmination of that. I caught up with Braden from the band to talk about the LP as well as what the future holds for the Chicago four-piece.