Continuing their sensational year, it has been confirmed that the Brighton three-piece, Our Girl, are about to make their live debut on national TV. Following on from their impressive debut album, Stranger Today, which we said, “Unfurls its aural delights gently, but forcibly, the songwriting often nuanced and intricate”, as well as their triumphant homecoming show at The Haunt last week, the band are performing on Saturday morning football show Soccer AM. Usually reserved for the ‘laddier’ bands (Blossoms, The Coral and Slaves have all made appearances recently).
To say it’s been quite a year for Our Girl is rather the understatement. From releasing their debut album, to live sessions on Radio 6 music, European festivals, and finally finishing off the year with a UK headline tour. So, what better way to round up a headline tour than with a homecoming show?
Featuring a mix of the old and new, Brighton formed three-piece Our Girl, unleash their debut album, Stranger Today, via Brighton-based Cannibal Hymns. Formed by The Big Moon’s guitarist Soph Nathan, Our Girl’s Stranger Today is the culmination of four year’s labour, the band forced to work around the unexpected success and subsequent demands of The Big Moon’s debut album, Love in the 4th Dimension, which ended up being nominated for a Mercury.
What is it about Brighton, and its fertile music landscape? Surely, there must be more musicians per head of population than anywhere else. Every other person is in a band it seems. Certainly BIMM has been a major factor, but so has The Great Escape, and Brighton's cultural history, a place invariably viewed as one to go to for the purposes of pleasure and entertainment. In particular, guitar-orientated music has been fruitful of late. Bands such as Tigercub, Black Honey, The Magic Gang, and Dream Wife all started here, a springboard to bigger things. There is definitely something in the water down here.
Following the announcement of their debut album, Stranger Today, out 17th August, fuzz-poppers Our Girl have also announced a UK tour. The band will visit Brighton during the tour, with a date at The Haunt, 24th August.
To paraphrase that Marmite film classic, the streets were alive with the sound of music! Over three long days and nights, Brighton did truly come alive as The Great Escape juggernaut rolled into town for its 13th edition. The festival for new music saw over 500 acts playing in 40-odd venues, representing countries from all around the globe. If you add in the The Alternative Great Escape, and the plethora of events and pop-up performances arranged off the back of TGE and AGE, you’re looking at closer to 1,000 acts in 80-odd venues. Yes, it was mad, but glorious. Helped along by some beautiful mid-May sunshine, somehow within all the chaos, Brightonsfinest were out in force, documenting, commenting, and enjoying what we like to do best. Watch live music.
So, brace yourself. If you were there, hopefully memories will be stirred. If you weren’t, dive into our thoughts about the state of new music, and check out our many recommendations.
As expected, the three-piece Our Girl have announced details of their debut album, Stranger Today, produced by The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones, to be released 17th August via Brighton label Cannibal Hymns.
One of the most exciting emerging guitar bands around, Our Girl include The Big Moon’s Soph Nathan within their line-up, along with bassist Josh Tyler and drummer Lauren Wilson. Brighton-formed, the band have recently de-camped to London.
Hot Brighton band Our Girl continue their upward trajectory with the release of ‘I Really Like It’. Soph Nathan, who also plays in The Big Moon, says, “It’s one of our newest songs. I was initially quite nervous to share it because it feels quite different to the others. I’d never written about love in this way before. It has the inevitable moments of craziness and longing that can come with falling in love, but mainly it’s just a really happy song.”
The Brighton-formed and London-based indie-art-rockers Our Girl, who feature The Big Moon’s Soph Nathan amongst their ranks), have just announced brand new single ‘Our Girl’ continuing a rather small line of acts who over the years have named a song after their band name (most notably perhaps Black Sabbath, Talk Talk, Belle and Sebastian, Kool and The Gang, and Motorhead). It’s the first single to be released from their self-titled debut EP, released late last year.